Five kids series among Amazon’s second wave of pilots


Following a successful first pilot season that resulted in the production of three children’s series Annesdroids, Creative Galaxy and Tumble Leaf, Amazon Studios debuted 10 new pilots that are a mix of comedy, drama and children’s series.

Like last year, viewer feedback will determine which series go into production. The voting is open to all for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM in the UK, but those that are chosen will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime members.

The five kids pilots are:

Maker Shack Agency

Maker Shack Agency takes a unique look at the “maker” movement through the adventures of Wolfie, a 13-year-old inventor with grand idea and a motto of “fail forward.” Created in conjunction with the think tank Applied Minds and the production company Electus, the pilot was written by Arland DiGirolamo (Sketchy), Geoff Barbanell (Kickin’ It) and directed by Alex Winter (Ben 10, Downloaded) and features original music from Dr. Dog.

Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street

This live-action adventure series created by David Anaxagoras, a first-time writer, was discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is a coming-of-age tale that centers around Gortimer, his two best friends Ranger and Mel, and their exploits in an ordinary suburb that has a hint of something magical just beneath the surface. The pilot was directed by Oscar winner Luke Matheny (God of LoveMaron) and guest stars Fionnula Flanagan.

Hardboiled Eggheads

Hardboiled Eggheads, created by Emmy Award-winner Duane Capizzi (Transformers Prime, Jackie Chan Adventures,) this is an animated action-comedy about nerds who have another side to them. It’s for children aged six to 11.

The Jo B. & G. Raff Show

The Jo B. & G. Raff Show is an animated series created by multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Josh Selig (The Wonder Pets). It was created specifically to help teach preschoolers the importance of resolving conflict in constructive ways.


Written by Angela Santomero, creator of Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, and the Emmy-nominated literacy series, Super Why!, Wishenpoof! is an animated pilot that revolves around Bianca, who has “wish magic” which means if she wishes to play under the sea then becomes a mermaid. This is Santomero’s second Amazon Studios pilot – his first, Creative Galaxy, is currently in production and scheduled to be available on Prime Instant Video in 2014.

Amazon Studios’ first round of pilots premiered last April with eight comedies and six kids shows. Of the 14 pilots, adult-targeted Alpha House and Betas and kids series  AnnesdroidsCreative Galaxy and Tumble Leaf were chosen, with the help of customer feedback, to get full first-season orders.

From Stream Daily.