Annebots gets greenlight from Amazon Studios

The animated kids pilot (pictured) from Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment will be produced as a full series, to be available exclusively on Amazon's instant video streaming service.
Annebots

Amazon Studios has greenlit Sinking Ship Entertainment’s Annebots as one of its first original series.

The Seattle-based Amazon.com launched Amazon Studios in November 2010 to develop films and TV series submitted by creators for a slate of original productions.

As part of the selection process, customers of Amazon and U.K.-based streaming VOD service LOVeFiLM could give feedback to Amazon Studios on which of 14 pilots the company should greenlight to full series.

“We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It’s exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows – this is just the beginning,” said Amazon Studios director Roy Price in a statement.

Annebots, created by Sinking Ship’s J. J. Johnson, focuses on Anne, a young scientist who creates three robot helpers to assist her scientific experiments in her dad’s junkyard.

Positive viewer feedback about Annebots lauded the pilot’s “fun and exciting” treatment of science and technology, and that companion apps were available.

“We always need top quality children’s shows that inspire and teach in a fun and exciting way. Could be the best idea in children’s programming since Sesame Street,” said one customer, while another said, “When [my kids] watched the preview and saw that there would be apps to go along with the shows they flipped out…I would surely pay for apps that go along with the show for their Kindles,” according to an Amazon release.

The greenlit comedy and kids pilots also include Gary Trudeau’s political comedy Alpha House, starring John Goodman; Betas, a comedy set in Silicon Valley starring Ed Begley Jr., Jon Daly and Joe Dinicol; kids animated art adventure series Creative Galaxy, from Blue’s Clues creator Angela Santomero; and stop motion preschool series Tumbleleaf, from Bix Pix Entertainment’s Drew Hodges and Kelli Bixler.

Sinking Ship’s J.J. Johnson told Playback on Wednesday that the company will begin shooting Annebots this Friday (May 31).

The greenlit series creators receive $55,000 for Amazon to option and produce the pilots as full-budget series, as per Amazon Studios’ development agreement. In addition, if any of the series are licensed for merchandising clothing, toys or accessories, the creators will receive up to five percent of Amazon’s net merchandizing receipts.

The Amazon Studios original series will be available exclusively on its Prime Instant Video streaming service.