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Amazon to pilot five more kids shows

Amazon Studios is to make five more original pilots for kids, including the first pilots for ages 6-11.

The pilots will stream on Amazon Instant Video in the US and Lovefilm, Instant in the UK for customers to watch, provide feedback, and help determine which shows should be produced as series.

Amazon Studios said it was commissioning the children’s pilot following a “positive response” to its first set of TV pilots.

The five kids’ shows for Amazon Studios’ next pilot season include Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, a live-action adventure show created by David Anaxagoras, a first-time writer, discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process.

“I’ve been dreaming up funny adventures for Gortimer Gibbon for as long as I can remember and it’s incredibly thrilling to be working with Amazon to bring these tales to life,” said Anaxagoras.

Grid Smasher mixes puppetry and CGI action in a show where aliens compete to win the greatest game in the universe.

Hard-Boiled Eggheads is an animated action-comedy for children ages 6-11. The pilot features Miles and Quentin, classified special agents who set out to correct the mistakes of science-monsters made of toxic waste, mutants born of lab accidents and the occasional hostile alien.

The Jo B. & G. Raff Show and Wishenproof are the two other pilots.

“We’re very excited to be able to introduce these five original ideas and their talented creators to Amazon customers. After the success of our first pilots, we look forward to getting lots more fantastic feedback from kids and parents,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “For the first time we are offering live-action and animated programming for older children and continuing with entertaining, educational, programming for preschool aged children-it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The shows will stream on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.   

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