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Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« on: April 18, 2013, 01:52 PM »
Kept forgetting to post this.  :slaphead:

Amazon is developing original content (to compete with the likes of Netflix) and is actively seeking kid's programing.

"Children's series can be live action, animated, stop motion or mixed media. We are interested in preschool series for children ages 2-5 like Blue's Clues, Curious George and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Preschool series must have an educational theme or clear potential for one. We are also interested in ideas for children and tweens between the ages of 6-14 such as Phineas and Ferb or iCarly."

http://studios.amazon.com/

FYI, they've changed their terms since first launching, http://filmmakermagazine.com/44170-amazon-studios-revises-terms-for-writers/

Here's an example of a great project that made it to the development slate, http://studios.amazon.com/projects/13359
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 03:19 PM »
Oh wow. Innnnnneresting.

Thanks for posting this!
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2014, 08:11 AM »
Amazon Studios posted about what type of children's series they're looking for,  http://hollywonk.com/post/80800574079/0326-kids-series?&ref_=pe_astu_newsletter03292nd

I've been through the submission process once and will be submitting again soon, and this time I'm going to blog about my experience. I'll keep you posted!
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2014, 05:39 PM »
I'm looking forward to your blog on this, Hilary. You're the trailblazer!  :horse:
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2014, 04:43 AM »
Thanks, H. Pinski! I'm looking forward to your blog post, too.
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2014, 08:26 AM »
This looks so cool. Thanks for posting. I'll look forward to seeing your blog post!

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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2014, 08:49 AM »
Thanks for posting this H. Pinski!
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2014, 10:52 AM »
The blog post took so much longer than I expected it to, but here it is!

How to pitch a children's series to Amazon Studios and why you should...kidlit writers, I'm talking to you!... http://tmblr.co/Za-Bzv1EYrIWK

I'm not sure if my comments are working on tumblr. If you try to leave a question/comment there and it doesn't go through, let me know.
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2014, 11:18 AM »
Great blog post, H. Pinski. Two questions:
- What's the best way to go about learning how to write a script?
- What is the benefit of public access to a script on Amazon?
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2014, 01:22 PM »
I agonized over whether to make my first series proposal public or not, Nidhi. I searched the AS forums, I googled, I read everything under the AS guidelines trying to figure out if there was any advantage to making it public.

AS states that they "encourages" public projects but in the end, I honestly don't think it matters and they're going to make the decision based on the strength of the submission and what type of project they want to produce. I decided not to make my first submission public because my mini-bible was very detailed and it's a story I'm still actively looking for a home for (didn't want too much of the plot "out there"). I decided to make my second public because I do feel there are some advantages and wanted to see what it was like. The advantages:

1. Feedback and support. The social component of it was a big draw for me. I loved WriteOnCon and learned so much from the experience that I wanted to open my project up to public feedback. What I've gotten is tons and tons of support. In the end will it matter? Like I said, if AS falls in love with a project, they're going to add it to the development slate whether it's public or private but there's no way that it hurts to have Borislav up to the #2 spot for children and tweens or that Borislav was burning up the AS newsfeed all weekend! That being said, I also don't think it's going to hurt if a public project doesn't get much feedback.

2. Industry eyes outside of AS. A long shot yes, but a private submission has zero chance of being seen by an industry professional roaming the AS site, whereas a public one does. Notable projects are ones that AS has not added to their development slate but they found interesting enough to highlight. You never know who is watching/reading.

3. Community building. If you do it right, even if you only get a handful of people to leave feedback or who get excited about your proposal, it's a handful more than when you started.

I taught myself screenwriting and it wasn't easy, Nidhi! I read tons of books. Some of my favorites are:

1. Writing the Pilot, William Rabkin
2. Writing Screenplays That Sell, Michael Hauge (his Story Master website is great too, http://www.storymastery.com/)
3. Writing the TV Drama, Pamela Douglas
And this little SP titles is so great for nitty gritty style issues:
4. Your CUT TO: is Showing, by T.J. Alex

We also have a thread here with some other favorites: http://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=70301.0

There's also tons of scripts on the internet. The more screenplays you read, the more natural it becomes. WARNING: You can't necessarily learn screenwriting by reading scripts by famous screenwriters. This is where Your CUT TO: is SHOWING comes in. There are things stylistically that JJ Abrams can do that scream newbie in a spec (speculative) script. I learned this the hard way and had to reformat big time!

I'm still learning. It is a challenge to go from prose/narrative to dialogue/action!

Hope this helps...keep those questions coming! I want BBoarders to take over AS!  :yeah
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2014, 01:38 PM »
Thanks, Hilary! That's some great info. I am reading your script now. It's hilarious. Good job. I wonder why the script writer has to mention where the camera pans etc. and all the other action. I wonder why that's not the director's job... and just leave the writing to the writer!
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2014, 02:33 PM »
Fascinating good stuff! Thanks for posting.

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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2014, 04:11 PM »
Just finished reading your blog post and the script from amazon -- what a great concept and the execution is awesome!! Loved the names, the humor, how each character's voice is unique and memorable and denotes their personality in a real and tangible way. And the script itself is super clean and professional looking. That is a ton of work, Hilary, and you did such a good job.  Seriously, this is really, really good.

I added a 5 star rating and comments -- mine came up as anonymous.

Good luck!!  :goldstar I'm rooting for you!!   :jump:
« Last Edit: April 30, 2014, 04:22 PM by CC »
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2014, 04:34 PM »
Whaaat?? Carol...you have no idea what that means coming from you! For those of you who don't know, CC is a stalwart on the Script Writers board and knows way more about all this than I do. And you left  :goldstar s and everything???  :wow Thank you!!!  :grouphug2:

I wonder why the script writer has to mention where the camera pans etc. and all the other action. I wonder why that's not the director's job... and just leave the writing to the writer!

Good instincts, Nidhi! Less is more from what I've gathered. You should read the Gortimer script too. David Anaxagoras is brilliant, imo, and he has a screenwriting background. He uses camera directions more, but they work. It's one of the issues that's so well covered in Your CUT TO: is Showing. If you have a Kindle, I can lend this title. Email me @ hpinski@gmail.com if you want to read it.

And thank you for reading Borislav!  :yeah :thankyou :hug
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2014, 04:39 PM »
CC is a stalwart on the Script Writers board and knows way more about all this than I do.

No, no, no, I do not. Not after reading that! It's so very good. Really. I'm not a gusher or an @$$-kisser, and I can totally see that getting made.

It just made me happy to read it. Just from the first line on. When you can relax and say Ahh... and settle into something you're reading, because you know you're in good hands. It was like that, reading it. And the details -- the lime green bow tie... I mean, come on. You had me at the lime green bow tie!!

I so want this to go somewhere for you!! You deserve it.  :hug
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2014, 04:56 PM »
 :cry2 <--tears of joy.
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2014, 11:09 PM »
Thank you Hilary for the inspiration. I am now inspired to finish a pilot script I began about two months ago and had given up on.


Loved your blog post and the the script is really funny (a lot better than Gortimer on Normal Street)

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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2014, 05:46 AM »
Hilary,


Your concept and episode guide are great. Fun characters, fun script--and if AS doesn't go forward with this, I hope you submit to an television agent or manager who can get your work out there to other production venues.


Thanks for sharing your journey with this project. Truly fascinating and here's hoping your show gets on the air!
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2014, 07:45 AM »
GO BRIAN!!!  :horse Keep us posted! I meant it when I said I wanted to BBoarders to infiltrate AS!  :muahaha:

I'm all verklempt by all your reactions to Borislav! Better than Gortimer, Brian???  :faint :hug

...if AS doesn't go forward with this, I hope you submit to an television agent or manager who can get your work out there to other production venues.

If I only knew how.  :sigh It's a lot trickier to learn the ropes than with subbing to lit agents. I will keep going if AS passes though. Thank you, Alison!  :love5:

Whatever I can do to help any of you. If you have questions, or just need some encouragement, let me know. We really are all in this together!  :grouphug2:
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2014, 08:25 PM »
Hi Hilary!


I just looked at your Borislav files - very impressive! Great writing! What is the status? I'll be really shocked if AS doesn't pick it up.


Thanks for bringing all of this to our attention. I'm in the final stages of polishing a preschool series. I hope to post it soon!

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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2014, 04:18 AM »
CestMoi, I am so excited that you're submitting!  :yeah

My 45 day option period expired on June 9th and was shortly followed by a form email telling me they were passing on the project.  :poop:lol4 . I learned so much from the process and hope you get as much out of it as I did...and better news at the end!  :crossedfingers :goodluck Keep us posted! If anyone else has a kid's series picked up, I want it to be a BBoarder!  :muahaha: :grin3
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2014, 07:24 AM »
Oh no! I'm so sorry, Hilary! I can't believe they would pass on your series. That makes me extra nervous about mine! :-/

Seems like only industry insiders are getting picked?

I'm so, so sorry. Do you have any other places in mind to send it?

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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2014, 07:34 AM »
Don't let it make you extra nervous, CestMoi! It's all so subjective and you never know what they are looking for at any given time.

Seems like only industry insiders are getting picked?

That certainly seems to be the trend, but Gortimer Gibbons got picked out of the slush and I do think they get fewer kids submissions than say feature scripts. There is always hope!

I have a handful of queries out to LA managers and have gotten some nibbles so it ain't over for Borislav yet.  :crossedfingers :thanx:


 
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2014, 10:57 AM »
Given the high quality of your Borislav treatment, and all the great reviews it earned, I sure hope you've got another script in the works, Hilary. And that you let us know if you submit again to AS.


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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2014, 11:20 AM »
Jeanne and CestMoi, you have both made my day with your kind words!  :thanx: :hug
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2014, 04:23 PM »
Sorry, Hilary. It's so fun, I do hope it finds a home. Fingers crossed for your manager search.  :hug
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2014, 06:13 PM »
Boo, that is bad news. But I'll keep my fingers crossed that someone else has the sense to pick it up!

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« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2014, 06:33 PM »
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2014, 04:17 AM »
Hilary, I read your script and thought it was waymore entertaining than the other one posted. I truly loved yours! I am sorry they passed on it. What were they thinking?! I hope you are subbing elsewhere.
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Re: Amazon Studios is looking for children's series
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2014, 06:15 AM »
Nidhi, I can't tell you how much I appreciate you reading Borislav! Seriously, if it wasn't for all the support you guys have given me I probably would have tabled it and moved on.  :thankyou :thankyou :thankyou :grouphug2:

Now, who else is subbing? Brian??? COME ON BLUEBOARDERS!!!  :horse
BORISLAV THE TERRIBLE (kid's comedy pilot) is on public submission at Amazon Studios. Feedback is welcome!

http://studios.amazon.com/projects/48147