Amazon Instant Video greenlights three new half-hour pilots
Amazon Instant Video is ready for round two. After launching its first round of comedy pilots last April, Amazon just announced that it has given the greenlight to launch three new half-hour pilots. Customers will then be invited to watch the pilots and help decide which of the three they want to go into full-season production on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLM in the UK in early 2014.
The first of the three pilots, titled Mozart in the Jungle, is written by Oscar-nominated Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), actor Jason Schwartzman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Tony-nominated Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher). Based on the memoir by Blair Tindall, it tells the story of what happens backstage at the symphony. Sex, drugs, and … classical music? You better believe it.
The second pilot, The Outlaws, is written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach and goes behind-the-scenes of a professional football team, both from the perspectives of the players and those sitting in the office. Former NFL player (and host of Live! with Kelly and Michael) is also attached as part of the creative team.
And finally, Transparent is written and directed by Emmy-nominee Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, United States of Tara). The “darkly comedic” story stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass in an “exploration of sex, memory, gender and legacy,” according to a press release.
“We are thrilled to be working on these pilots with such talented creators with passionate visions for new shows,” Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, said in a press release. “We are excited to hear what customers think of the shows.”