Amazon Studios greenlights kiddie pilots

Company invites viewer feedback on process

Amazon’s original movie and series arm has greenlit five children’s pilots into production, including one from former “Blues Clues” exec producer Angela Santomero.

That brings to 11 the number of children’s pilots moved into production by Amazon Studios since December.

Once completed, all of the pilots will be posted online at Amazon and other sister locations. The company plans to use viewer feedback to determine which projects will move into series.

“We know that art can have a powerfully positive effect on children, and through our proven signature approach to preschool television, we will actively help young viewers learn how to think creatively in their own lives,” said Santomero (“Super Why”), whose animated art and adventure series, “Creative Galaxy,” is one of the new pilots. “We look forward to jumping into the production process.”

Also among the greenlit pilots are “Oz Adventures,” a problem-solving series with the daughter of Dorothy of “The Wizard of Oz” as a main character, and “Teeny Tiny Dogs,” created by Howard Baker (“Rugrats”) and produced by the Jim Henson Co.

Those pilots and two others, “Tumbleaf” (created by Drew Hodges and stop-motion shingle Bix Pix Studios) and an untitled young scientist project from J.J. Johnson (“This Is Emily Yeung”), will join the previously announced “Alpha House,” “Browsers,” “Dark Minions,” “The Onion Presents: The News,” “Supanatural” and “Those Who Can’t.”

Amazon Studios’ overall series development slate includes 20 additional projects. The company continues to accept proposals for submission from the public at large.

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