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

Amazon Studios

2018 Amazon Studios Pilots & Series Orders


MAKING FRIENDS (multi-camera)
Passed on
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV Studios
TEAM: Carter Bays (w, ep), Craig Thomas (w, ep), Seth Rogen (ep), Evan Goldberg (ep), Pam Fryman (d, ep), Brian Brockrath (ep), James Weaver (ep)
LOGLINE: Mark is a brilliant guy with an artificial intelligence degree who creates robots and spends his days hanging out with them as his main group of friends.
CAST: Adhir Kalyan, Georgia King

Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Storied Media Group/The New York Times.
TEAM: John Carney (w, d, ep)
LOGLINE: Explores love in its multitude of forms – including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic and self love. Based on The New York Times column about love and human connection.
CAST: Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, John Slattery, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, Andy Garcia, Cristin Milioti, Brandon Victor Dixon, Olivia Cooke, Andrew Scott, Julia Garner, Shea Whigham, Gary Carr, Sofia Boutella, John Gallagher Jr.

PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING (single camera)
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

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

UPLOAD (single camera)
Picked up to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Deedle-Dee Productions
TEAM: Greg Daniels (w, d, ep), Howard Klein (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in a future where humans are able to “upload” themselves into their preferred choice of afterlife. When Nathan meets his early death, he is greeted by the Nora in his version of heaven. As Nathan grows accustomed to life away from his loved ones, the alive Nora struggles to stay afloat working her job alongside Nathan in the afterlife.
CAST: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo


Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV Studios/Amazon Studios/Original Films
TEAM: Eric Kripke (w, ep), Evan Goldberg (d, ep), Seth Rogen (d, ep),
LOGLINE: In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys” sets out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
CAST: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Tomer Capon, Antony Starr, Elisabeth Shue, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott, Jessie Usher, Nathan Mitchell, Karen Fukuhara, Laz Alonzo, Jennifer Esposito, Simon Pegg

Not going forward
STUDIO: Free Association/Topple Productions
TEAM: Marja-Lewis Ryan (w, ep), Channing Tatum (ep), Jill Soloway (ep), Reid Carolin (ep), Andrea Sperling (ep), Peter Kiernan (ep)
LOGLINE: Digs beyond the headlines that make college campuses ripe for drama and steps inside the shoes of six roommates as they hook up, mess up and grow up on their own terms.
CAST: Amy Forsyth, Jessica Sula, Max Willems, Zainne Saleh, X. Lee, Birgundi Baker, Barrett Carnahan, Inanna Sarkis (recurring)

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: Studio Lambert
TEAM: Channing Powell (w, ep, sr)
LOGLINE: Set in London in the near future, it centers on the British family of Lawrence Hatfield, the man who invented an omnipresent technology called the Feed. Implanted into nearly everyone’s brain, it enables people to share information, emotions and memories instantly. But when things start to go wrong and users become murderous, the family is driven apart as they struggle to control the monster they have unleashed.
CAST: David Thewlis, Michelle Fairley, Guy Burnet, Nina Toussaint White

GOOD OMENS (single camera; hourlong for 2019)
Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes
STUDIO: BBC Studios/Narrativia/The Blank Corporation/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Neil Gaiman (w, ep, sr), Caroline Skinner (ep), Chris Sussman (ep), Rob Wilkins (ep), Rod Brown (ep)
LOGLINE: It’s 2018, the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming war, and someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
CAST: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Adria Arjona, Nina Sosanya, Ned Dennehy, Ariyon Bakare, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Frances McDormand

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: NBCUniversal International Studios/Working Title Television
TEAM: David Farr (w, ep), Marty Adelstein (ep), Becky Clements (ep), JoAnn Alfano (ep), Andrew Woodhead (ep), Scott Nemes (ep), Tim Bevan (ep), Eric Fellner (ep), Sarah Adina Smith (d, ep), Scott Herbst (co-ep), Tom Coan (co-ep), Hugh Warren (p)
LOGLINE: Equal parts a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, it follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. Based on the 2011 feature film.
CAST: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Esme Creed-Miles

Ordered straight to series; two seasons
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Anonymous Content
TEAM: Eli Horowitz (w, ep), Micah Bloomberg (w, ep), Sam Esmail (d, ep), Chad Hamilton (ep), Alicia Van Couvering (ep), Chris Giliberti (ep), Alex Blumberg (ep), Matt Lieber (ep), Julia Roberts (ep), Lisa Gillan (co-ep), Marisa Gill (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Psychological thriller revolves around a caseworker at a secret government facility and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life.
CAST: Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Alex Karpovsky, Shea Whigham, Hong Chau (recurring), Jeremy Allen White (recurring), Sydney Poitier (recurring)

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: Tiffany Boone

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Lauren Oliver (w, ep), Joe Roth (ep), Jeff Kirschenbaum (ep), Adam Schroeder (ep), Leigh Janiak (d, ep), Alyssa Altman (co-ep), Lynley Bird (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Every year, the graduating seniors in a forgotten rural town risk their lives in an illegal, high-stakes game to win life-changing money – and a chance to escape. Anonymous judges force the players through a series of challenges that will compel them to confront their deepest fears – and upend their ideas of who they are, who to trust, and who they might become. This year, 47 players will compete for the biggest pot ever. All of them will be changed. Only one will win. Based on the book by Lauren Oliver.
CAST: Olivia Welch, Mike Faist, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Ray Nicholson, Will Chase, Kevin Alves

Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Weinstein Television
TEAM: Matthew Weiner (w, d, ep), Semi Chellas (w, ep), Kriss Turner Towner (co-ep), Blake McCormick (co-ep), Kathy Ciric (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Anthology series set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.
CAST: Jack Huston, Amanda Peet, Marthe Keller, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Diane Lane, Aaron Eckhart, Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, Mike Doyle, JJ Feild, Janet Montgomery, Paul Reiser, Hera Hilmar

Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Fox 21 Television Studios/6th & Idaho/Indio
TEAM: Nathaniel Halpern (w, ep, sr), Mark Romanek (d, ep), Matt Reeves (ep), Adam Kassan (ep), Rafi Crohn (ep)
LOGLINE: Explores the 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. In this fantastical, mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling. Based on the  art of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag,

Ordered straight to series; two-season order
STUDIO: Vertigo/Sony Pictures Television
TEAM: Lena Waithe (ep), Little Marvin (w, ep), Roy Lee (ep), Miri Yoon (ep), Michael Connolly (ep)
LOGLINE: Season 1 is set in 1953 and follows Alfred and Lucky Emory, who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.

UNDONE (animated)
Ordered straight to limited series
STUDIO: Tornante Company
TEAM: Raphael Bob-Waksberg (w, ep), Kate Purdy (w, ep), Noel Bright (ep), Steven A. Cohen (ep), Tommy Pallotta (ep)
LOGLINE: After a near-fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s death.
CAST: Rosa Salazarm, Angelique Cabral

Ordered straight to limited series; 11 episodes
STUDIO: Pastel/Plan B
TEAM: Barry Jenkins (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood — where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Based on Colson Whitehead’s novel.

UTOPIA (previously in development at HBO)
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

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.

STUDIO: ABC Signature Studios/Amazon Studios
TEAM:  Sarah Streicher (w, ep), Jamie Tarses (ep), Susanne Fogel (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A group of teenage girls from radically different backgrounds finds themselves stranded on a remote island, unaware that they’ve just become the subjects of an elaborate social experiment.


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