[08/27/13 - 06:18 AM]
Prime Instant Video Greenlights Original Children's Pilot "Maker Shack Agency"
The latest pilots will be available on Amazon Instant Video in early next year for all customers to watch and provide feedback.

[via press release from Amazon]

Prime Instant Video Greenlights Original Children's Pilot "Maker Shack Agency"

Live-action children's show to be produced by Electus for kids ages 6-11

SEATTLE-Aug 27, 2013 - (NASDAQ: AMZN) - Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, today announced that it is greenlighting a pilot for the original children's series Maker Shack Agency, produced by Electus Studios (The Hero, Killer Women, and Get Out Alive).

Maker Shack Agency follows the exploits of 13-year-old inventor Angus Wolfe, aka "Wolfie," and his two best friends and fellow "makers," Jo and Merle, in the hardscrabble town of Akron, Ohio. These three teenage thinkers and tinkerers use all the branches of science and personal ingenuity to solve their client's problems by making a new invention every episode. Together, they make people's lives better by coming up with science and technology-inspired inventions for their various problems.

"We are incredibly excited for our first initiative with Amazon and we look forward to inspiring the next generation of makers," said Drew Buckley, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Digital for Electus. "With Maker Shack Agency, we hope to inspire kids to think about new and different ways to solve life's problems and to never be afraid of failure-as Wolfie always says, 'Fail Forward.'"

The production crew from Maker Shack Agency will team up with research and development company, Applied Minds, and their scientists, engineers and programmers to design exciting gadgets that will be featured in the show to inspire a new generation of inventors.

Just last month, Amazon Studios announced five new kids pilots including Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, Hard-Boiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, and Wishenpoof! The pilots will be available on Amazon Instant Video in early next year for all customers to watch and provide feedback.

Amazon Studios' first set of pilots launched in April of 2013 with eight comedy pilots and six kids pilots. Of the 14 pilots, Alpha House, Betas, Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumble Leaf were chosen, with the help of customer feedback, to be produced as series. The shows will stream on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.

About Amazon Studios

Since its launch in November 2010, more than 18,000 movie scripts and 4,000 series projects have been submitted to Amazon Studios. There are currently 26 movies and 24 series on the development slate and in the process of being tested with audiences.

Amazon Studios continues to invite series creators to submit their proposals for comedy and children's programming to Amazon Studios at http://studios.amazon.com/getting-started/series

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the most advanced e-reader ever constructed with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long battery life, and a thin and light design. The new latest generation Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, now features new, improved fonts and faster page turns. Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom high-definition display, exclusive Dolby audio with dual stereo speakers, high-end, laptop-grade Wi-Fi with dual-band support, dual-antennas and MIMO for faster streaming and downloads, enough storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor and graphics engine -- and it is available in two display sizes -- 7" and 8.9". The large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless. The all-new Kindle Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster performance, twice the memory, and longer battery life.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn, www.amazon.it, www.amazon.es, www.amazon.com.br and amazon.in. As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

  [august 2013]  


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