2019 Amazon Pilots & Series Orders
STUDIO: Annapurna TV/Endeavor Content
TEAM: Cazzie David (w, d, ep), Elisa Kalani (w, ep), Augustine Frizzell (d, ep), Susan Heyward (ep, sr), Sue Naegle (p), Ali Krug (p)
LOGLINE: A sardonic college student’s overactive imagination leads to catastrophic thinking and an endless chain of social disasters.
CAST: Cazzie David
TEAM: Mehar Sethi (w, ep), Allan Mustafa (ep), Steve Stamp (ep), Asim Chaudhry (ep), Hugo Chegwin (ep), Chris Storer (ep), Ash Atalla (ep)
LOGLINE: Mockumentary centers on a local pirate radio station and its hosts. Based on the UK series.
CAST: Jorge Diaz, Eliza Bennett, Andre Hyland, Conner McVicker, Amir Talai
UNTITLED CATALINE AGUILAR MASTRETTA PROJECT
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Jax Media
TEAM: Catalina Aguilar Mastretta (w, d, ep), Tony Hernandez (ep), Brooke Posch (ep), Liz Cohen (p)
LOGLINE: Sara has been the matriarch of her chosen family since her parents moved back to Mexico City in her late teens. She and her diverse group of friends and family attempt to master their careers and romantic entanglements while living together in Sara’s Hollywood Hills compound. Now, Sara’s mother is moving back in and shedding a new light on the life Sara built for herself, pushing everyone toward a late-in-life coming of age.
CAST: Lorena Izzo, Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, Georgie Flores, Giancarlo Vidrio, Ben O’Toole, Sarah Ramos, Patricia Bernal
Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
TEAM: Armando Bo (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the real-life characters and events behind the 2015 FIFA corruption scandal, it explores the case from the angle of Jadue, a small‐time Chilean football club president who rose from obscurity to become a key player in a $150M bribery conspiracy at the hand of Julio Grondona, the infamous president of the Argentine football association.
CAST: Karla Souza, Andrés Parra, Paulina Gaitán
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Blossom Films
TEAM: Alice Bell (w, ep), Nicole Kidman (ep), Per Saari (ep), Theresa Park (ep), Janice Y.K. Lee (cp)
LOGLINE: Hong Kong-set series explores the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community, where affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly — then retold with glee. Based on the novel by Janice Y.K. Lee
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Monkeypaw Productions/Sonar Entertainment
TEAM: David Weil (w, ep), Jordan Peele (ep), Tom Lesinski (ep), Jenna Santoianni (ep), Win Rosenfeld (ep)
LOGLINE: Drawing from real-life events, it follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.
CAST: Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Lena Olin, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Tiffany Boone, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Greg Austin, Dylan Baker, Josh Radnor
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Skybound Entertainment
TEAM: Robert Kirkman (ep), Simon Racioppa (ep), David Alpert (ep), Catherine Winder (ep), Justin Copeland (sd), Chris Copeland (sd)
LOGLINE: 17-year-old Mark Grayson is just like every other guy his age — except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man. But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy might not be as heroic as it seems. Based on the Skybound/Image comic book.
CAST: J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin, Max Burkholder
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Sister Pictures
TEAM: Jane Featherstone (ep), Naomi de Pear (w, ep), Naomi Alderman (ep), Reed Morano (d, ep),
LOGLINE: The world of The Power is our world, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them.
STUDIO: Fox 21 Television Studios/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Nathaniel Halpern (w, ep), Mark Romanek (d, ep), Matt Reeves (ep), Adam Kassan (ep), Rafi Crohn (ep), Mattias Montero (ep), Samantha Taylor Pickett (ep), Adam Berg (ep), Simon Stålenhag (ep)
LOGLINE: Explores the fantastical, mysterious town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. Based on the sci-fi art of Simon Stålenhag.
CAST: Rebecca Hall, Paul Schneider, Jonathan Pryce
UTOPIA Ordered straight to series; nine episodes
STUDIO: Endemol Shine North America/Kudos/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Gillian Flynn (w, ep, sr), Jessica Rhoades (ep), Dennis Kelly (ep), Karen Wilson (ep), Diederick Santer (ep), Sharon Hall (ep), Toby Haynes (d)
LOGLINE: A group of young adults who meet online are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy Deep State organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that actually might be real and they’re forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world. Based on the 2013-14 UK series.
CAST: Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson, Dan Byrd, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Cory Michael Smith, Ashleigh LaThrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie, Christopher Denham
THE WHEEL OF TIME
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures Television/Amazon Studios.
TEAM: Rafer Judkins (w, ep, sr), Rick Selvage (ep), Larry Mondragon (ep), Ted Field (ep), Mike Weber (ep), Darren Lemke (ep), Uta Briesewitz (d)
LOGLINE: Set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists but only women can use it, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.
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