Amazon preps next OTT pilot season


Michelle Clancy

| 24 September 2015

Fresh off five Primetime Emmy wins, ever-expanding online video service supplier Amazon is prepping six TV pilots.

The pilots which will launch on the Instant Video are from Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3), Louis CK (Louie), Diablo Cody (Juno), Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Bob Nelson (Nebraska), Tig Notaro (Boyish Girl Interrupted), Christine Vachon (Still Alice), and Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich (The Killing).

The season is scheduled to debut later this year exclusively on Amazon Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria. Amazon customers will find a wide range of genres in this latest slate of pilots, ranging from Good Girls Revolt, a powerful story set in 1969 about a group of young women seeking to be treated fairly and ultimately sparking changes that upend marriages, careers, love and friendship; Z, a half-hour bio-series pilot of Lost Generation legend Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and her passionate love affair with iconic author F Scott Fitzgerald; Highston, a family comedy about invisible celebrity friendships; to Edge, a western set in the post-Civil War era where one cowboy doles out his own savage brand of justice.

Amazon 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 Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online.

"Our latest pilot season brings together a diverse group of shows that we think customers will really enjoy," said Roy Price, vice president at Amazon Studios. "We have something for everyone in this season and I am excited to see which shows spark conversation amongst our customers and what they want to be made into series."