Following the five Daytime Emmy Awards won for Amazon original series "Tumble Leaf", Amazon has announced it has greenlit four animated kids pilots and two live-action kids pilots, including "A History Of Radness", for its next kids pilot season debuting this summer on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series for Prime members. All pilots will be available via the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/AIV.
Written and executive produced by Andrew Green ("Hannah Montana"), "A History Of Radness" captures the authentic experience of aspiring musicians forming their band. The story follows siblings Jack and Tessie from their less-than-cool middle school beginnings at Pleasant Meadows Middle School to the start of their music careers as they put together a band of like-minded musicians, considered outsiders by fellow classmates. The project is also executive produced by Skot Bright ("Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Running Down A Dream") and will feature original music written by Hutch Harris of the post-pop-punk trio THE THERMALS with original score by James Iha (SMASHING PUMPKINS, A PERFECT CIRCLE). Punk rock icon Henry Rollins ("Sons Of Anarchy", BLACK FLAG) guest stars as Coach Carlucci and IMAGINE DRAGONS' Dan Reynolds and "Best Coast"'s Bethany Cosentino lend narration.
"These new pilots will bring sophisticated stories and unique points of view that we hope will resonate well with kids and families," said Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming for Amazon Studios. "We're very excited to be working with such passionate creative teams and look forward to sharing these projects with our customers later this year."
In 2015, Amazon Studios will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release, followed by early window distribution on Prime Instant Video.
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series — one that's open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script online and Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions. Those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.