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Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

Amazon Studios

2015 Amazon Studios Pilots


STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Samuel Baum (w, ep), Sam Shaw (w, ep), Jordan Vogt-Roberts (d), Edwin Stoff (ep)
LOGLINE: An estranged son must return to work with his father and brother at his family’s gun manufacturing company after a corporate rival, run by their uncle, moves to take them over.
CAST: Brian Dennehy, Sam Trammell, Dreama Walker, Jason Lee, Laura Fraser

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Robin Schiff (w), Brad Silberling (d), Bob Cooper (p), Michael Fuchs (p),
LOGLINE: A slacker working as a yoga instructor takes over the yoga studio with no skills and experience, relying on the help of his two childhood friends.
CAST: Josh Casaubon, Alysia Reiner, Paget Brewster, Lyndsy Fonseca, Will Greenberg, Andrea Savage, Amir Talai, Kris Kristofferson

HIGHSTON (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Bob Nelson (w, ep), Sacha Baron Cohen (ep), Todd Schulman (ep), Jonathan Dayton (d, ep), Valerie Faris (d, ep), Todd Hoffman (ep), Bob Friedman (ep)
LOGLINE: Coming-of-age story about Highston Liggetts, a kind 19-year-old perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, he — like Elwood P. Dowd — retreats into his vast imagination, where famous “friends” are his companions and mentors.
CAST: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Curtis Armstrong

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures Television
TEAM: Cris Cole (ep), Shawn Ryan (ep), Marney Hochman (ep), Andy Harries (ep), Suzanne Mackie (ep), Charles McDougall (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the UK series, it follows the twisted reunion of a group of underachieving fortysomething friends — a mixture of single, married and recently divorced — who are all at different crossroads in their lives.
CAST: Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, Ben Chaplin

ONE MISSISSIPPI (fka Untitled Tig Notaro; single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: FX Productions/Pig Newton
TEAM: Tig Notaro (w, ep), Diablo Cody (w, ep), Louis C.K. (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Blair Breard (ep)
LOGLINE: Tig Notaro is abruptly summoned home to Pass Christian, MS., to take her ailing mother off life support and finds herself reconnecting with her dysfunctional Gulf Coast family and the loss of the one person who held everything together.
CAST: Tig Notaro, Noah Harpster

SALEM ROGERS (fka Salem Rogers: Model of the Year 1998)
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Lindsey Stoddart (w), Will Graham (ep), Mark Waters (d)
LOGLINE: Salem Rogers is a self-centered, arrogant former supermodel who is forced to leave rehab after 10 years and reunites with her long-suffering former assistant, now a self-help writer using her years with Salem as an inspiration.
CAST: Leslie Bibb, Rachel Dratch, Jane Kaczmarek, Brad Morris, Harry Hamlin, Toks Olagundoye, Brad Morris, Scott Adsit


STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Shane Black (w, d, ep), Fred Dekker (w, ep), David Greenblatt (ep), Barry Josephson (ep)
LOGLINE: Kansas-set spaghetti Western follows Josiah Hedges, better known as Edge, who goes on a bloody mission of vengeance when his younger brother is killed by a group of his former Union Army comrades. The group is led by Edge’s nemesis, Merritt Harknett, a psychotic sadist who delights in inflicting pain on others. Based on the Edge book series by George Gilman
CAST: Max Martini, Ryan Kwanten, Yvonne Strahovski

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Dana Calvo (w, ep), Lynda Obst (ep), Jeff Okin (ep), Don Kurt (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Set in 1969 at the beginning of the women’s rights movement, it follows a group of young women at the hottest magazine in the world who ask to be treated fairly, setting off a convulsive chain of events.
CAST: Anna Camp, Genevieve Angelson, Joy Bryany, Chris Diamantopoulos

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Scott Free
TEAM: Frank Spotnivk (w, ep), David Semel (d, ep), Ridley Scott (ep), David W. Zucker (ep), Stewart Mackinnon (ep), Christian Baute (ep), Isa Dick Hackett (ep), Christopher Tricarico (ep), Jordan Sheehan (co-ep), Kalen Egan (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Set in 1962, it explores an alternative reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II and occupy the United States, with the East Coast controlled by the Nazis and the West Coast owned by Japan, and a chunk of the Midwest still up for grabs. Based on Philip K. Dick’s novel.
CAST: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell, DJ Qualls

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Steve Conrad (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Revolves around a father working at the State Department and his two sons — a senator and a Iraq War veteran with PTSD who wants to be a folk singer.

STUDIO: Amazon Studios/ABC Signature Studios
TEAM: Carlton Cuse (w, ep), Randall Wallace (d, w, ep), Barry Jossen (ep)
LOGLINE: Best friends and brothers-in-law Robert Sumner and John Rodes find themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War.
CAST: Nathan Parsons, Christopher O’Shea, Annabelle Stephenson, James Harvey, Luke Benward, Riley Voelkel, Hanna Mangan, Patrick Heusinger, Luke Benward, Adrienne Warren, Lucien Laviscount

SNEAKY PETE (originally developed at CBS)
Picked up to series
TEAM: David Shore (w, ep), Bryan Cranston (co-w, ep), James Degus (ep), Erin Gunn (ep)
LOGLINE: Upon leaving prison, a thirtysomething con man takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of a cellmate. “Sneaky Pete” then hides out from his debtors while working for his new “family’s” bail bond business. There he uses his considerable charm and criminal prowess to take down bad guys far worse than himself, partnering with a very attractive female “cousin” who has her suspicions about his real motives.
Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer, Shane McRae

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: David E. Kelley (w, ep), Jonathan Shapiro (w)
LOGLINE: Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy McBride has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid murdered. His guilt-driven alcoholism cost him his wife and his job as his longtime partner Cooper turned on him and kicked him out of their law firm. Still hanging onto his dry charisma, Billy now is going head-to-head against Cooper, bringing a case against his former partner, which begins to stir in him his old ambition.
CAST: Billy Bob Thornton, Olivia Thirlby, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Sarah Wynter, Molly Parker

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Christine Vachon (ep), Dawn Prestwich (ep), Nicole Yorkin (ep), Pam Koffler (ep), Christina Ricci (ep), Tim Blake Nelson (d)
LOGLINE: Centers on Zelda Fitzgerald, the celebrated American novelist who was the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
CAST: Christina Ricci, Gavin Stenhouse, Holly Curran


Picked up to series
STUDIO: Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions
TEAM: Alex Gibney (ep), Dave Snyder (ep), Dawn Ostroff (ep), Kahane Cooperman (ep, sr), Stacey Offman (co-ep), Richard Perello (co-ep)
LOGLINE: America’s most award-winning magazine comes to life in this half hour docuseries pilot.


STUDIO: Amazon Studios
LOGLINE: Knickerbock Teetertop is the smallest kid on the enchanted Wonderpine Mountain but wants to be a big adventurer just like his grandpa. Joined by friends on his magical Wonderboggan, Knickerbock, Holly, and Otto have wondrous, challenging adventures discovering new places and creatures. Knickerbock bounces along rugged terrain, pushes against the elements, and challenges himself to overcome obstacles. As he encounters problems, Knickerbock uses perseverance, grit, and some encouragement from Grandpa to “adventure on, adventure through.”

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Todd Goldman (w), Dave Schiff (w)
LOGLINE: Eddie Behr — an eternally optimistic, high-energy ursine — and his quirky group of animal friends and family reside in Shady Glade Woods. Eddie aspires to be a forest legend just like his dad, who discovered “pants” at an abandoned campsite (what he really discovered were tighty whities — but no one knows the difference). But Eddie soon realizes that success might not be all that it’s cracked up to be. High jinks ensue in a world full of forest animals who look at everything from a slightly skewed point of view. Based on the books by Todd Goldman.

STUDIO: The Foundation
TEAM: Jennifer Hamburg (w)
LOGLINE: Preschool whodunit follows super-sleuth Buddy, his incredibly organized best friend Trudy, the ferret Ferdo and the viewers. Using myriad interactive technologies, Buddy and his team gather evidence, follow cues and crack the case.

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Andrew Green (w, ep), Skot Bright
LOGLINE: Follows siblings Jack and Tessie from their less-than-cool middle school beginnings to the start of their music careers as they put together a band of like-minded musicians, considered outsiders by fellow classmates. 
Dan Reynolds, Bethany Cosentino

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Joanna Lewis (w), Kristine Songco (w), Nancy Cohen (w), Joe Nussbaum (d)
LOGLINE: Three 12-year-old girls who are best friends see their lives change when one of them, whose passion is baking, discovers a strange old recipe book, with recipes for baked goods that also have powerful spells.

STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Full Fathom Five
TEAM: David Babcock (ep), Todd Cohen (ep), James Frey (ep), Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (d)
LOGLINE: Devin Burke was the star player on her soccer team back home until her family moved to California midway through the school year. Now she has to rise to the challenge after discovering that her new school team has been on a losing streak over the past few months and is badly in need of a leader to rally them. Based on the books by Alex Morgan.

STUDIO: The Jim Henson Company/Amazon Studios
LOGLINE: Lily’s unique perspective and independent spirit can brighten up any situation and often lead her and her loyal friends into unexpected shenanigans. In her world, anything is possible: A simple song she hums can go viral and top the charts. Based on the children’s book by Dallas Clayton.

LOST IN OZ (animated)
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Darin Mark (p), Jared Mark (p), Abram Makowka (p), Mark Warshaw (p)
LOGLINE: Stranded in the spectacular world of a modern, metropolitan Emerald City, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends West, a young, street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin. With Dorothy’s dog Toto, the unlikely crew embarks on an epic journey, seeking out the magic Dorothy needs to get back to Kansas. But Oz is facing the greatest magic crisis in eons.

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Imaginism Studios
TEAM: Rob Hoegee (w),
LOGLINE: 10-year-old Niko, the last of his kind in a strange world, embarks on an epic quest to bring light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, he journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.

SARA SOLVES IT (animated)
STUDIO: WGBH/Out of the Blue Enterprises
TEAM: Carol Greenwald (ep), Angela C. Santomero (ep), Samantha Freeman (ep)
LOGLINE: 9-year-old whiz kid Sara and her younger brother Sam work together to solve mysteries in their apartment building, at school and beyond using creative problem solving. Each mystery is an interactive problem, steeped in musical goodness.

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Guy Toubes (w)
LOGLINE: Based on the I Stink! books by Jim and Kate McMullen, it follows the adventures and mishaps faced by two unlikely heroes: best friends Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader. Whether it’s rescuing their pal Mighty the tugboa, or moving a giant boulder blocking the highway in their town of Go City, Stinky & Dirty are a dynamic duo of resourcefulness who make plenty of mistakes along the way. For them, hilariously failing turns out to be the most fun path to success.

TABLE 58 (single camera)
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: May Chan (w), Gil Junger (d)
LOGLINE: At Table 58, they’re not a part of the popular crowd or the geek crowd. The only thing they’re a part of is the odd table in the lunchroom, made up of kids from all different cliques who have been ousted from the table where they seemingly belong. When new kid Logan moves to town, he rallies the group of six mismatched middle schoolers to form a tenuous partnership in order to help one another get back to their rightful place in the cafeteria.



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