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What You Need to Know Before Submitting Your Comedy Series Project

Get your primetime comedy series made. Amazon Studios is developing new original series for Amazon Prime Instant Video. If we choose to develop your series, you will get $10,000, plus another $55,000 if your show gets produced (along with potential writing fees, royalties and bonuses).

Before you submit, take a closer look at what we’re looking for.

Overview: We are seeking smart, cinematic, serialized series for adults. They can be dark comedies, genre comedies, dramedies or smart sophisticated comedies as long as the concepts and characters are original. Think high budget, premium shows that that you might see on pay cable.

Format: Series with half-hour episodes. Live-action single cam is preferred, but we are open to animation or multi-cam (although we’d want a fresh take on the format).

We like ideas in specific worlds. We’re open to anything, but all of our shows need to be grounded in specific, well-defined worlds. These should be worlds that audiences haven’t seen before, that they’ll want to see on TV and, most importantly, tell their friends to watch. So a bunch of underemployed twenty-somethings in an overly nice apartment is most likely not specific enough and therefore not right for us. For examples of worlds, note that Alpha House is set in the world of politics, Mozart in the Jungle in classical music and Transparent is set in the worlds of family and sexuality.

The most important thing is that the audience should feel like they’re watching something they can’t see anywhere else and that the writing is funny, smart and compelling.

What are some examples? Watch the pilot episodes for free from our current slate of comedy series: Alpha House, Mozart in the Jungle, and Transparent.

What don’t you want? No reality shows, game shows or sketch comedies.

You can learn more about the details of the Amazon Studios series submission process here or start a new project.

Customers Have Spoken: Amazon Greenlights Five Original Series

Four senators with the same address, four friends with the same Silicon Valley dream. A kid scientist  with robot helpers, an alien artist taking colorful journeys, and a whimsical fox searching for adventure. Comedy pilots Alpha House and Betas, along with kids’ pilots Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf, have been given the greenlight to begin production on a full series of episodes that will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.

Amazon and LOVEFiLM customers gave feedback that Amazon Studios used to decide which comedy and kids pilots should be made into Amazon’s first original series. 

“We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It’s exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows—this is just the beginning.”

“We’re thrilled to have emerged safely from this harrowing exercise in online democracy,” said Garry Trudeau, Alpha House creator. “All of us at Alpha House thank both Amazon and its wise and wonderful customer base for such a happy outcome. As the future of episodic TV packs up and moves to Seattle, we hope the audience will continue to have as much fun watching the show as we have making it.”

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Creator Q and A: Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval (Supanatural)

We asked Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval, the creators of the Amazon original pilot Supanatural to tell us more about the show. They asked if we would accept answers in the form of GIFs. We said, “Spider, please!”

Supanatural is about two best friends who have dealt with supernatural phenomena for so long and so easily, that nowadays when some overwhelming horror like this happens


their reaction is this


Hezbah and Lucretia are not impressed by things you would consider to be your WORST NIGHTMARE. They handle demons, ghosts, and ghouls on the regular and frankly they’d rather just clear their DVR and gossip about slutty sorceresses they know. Unfortunately nobody in the world has their knowledge or experience when it comes to apocalyptic threats, so when push comes to shove our heroes WILL take care of business.


Why this world, why these characters?

Because it’s the only world we know: A cold, hard world plagued by a nightmare-scape of hell monsters and sometimes the only fun is your friends. Like, you KNOW you have a rare talent or valuable skill, but that just makes it even harder when you’re wasting your days working a bad job surrounded by uncaring people. 


90% of people spend 60 hours a week feeling like this:


Right? The characters of Supanatural may have larger-than-life experiences, but they still gotta get to their crummy day jobs on time and make sure their rent check clears. In the real world we are all pretty much powerless against disasters, just passively sitting in our cubicles ‘liking’ a photo of a tornado on Facebook while eating a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco.  In Supanatural, our heroes can step outside of their daily frustrations and GET INVOLVED like


Tell us about your awesome cast, and what they brought to the show:

Well Kristen Schaal was like


and then Jameeliah Joy (Lucretia) was like


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