Amazon to make 2 original comedies, 3 kids shows
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday that it will produce a pair of new comedy shows and three new kids shows for viewing on its video streaming service, capping a one-of-a-kind experiment that gave viewers a say in the selections.
The five shows were culled from 14 pilots that were put up for free on its website and made available over Amazon's video apps on mobile devices and game consoles starting in April. Executives looked at ratings, reviews and view counts in a process that upended traditional TV show development. Traditional TV studios generally screen pilot episodes before small focus groups and executives before determining which go into production.
The shows announced are Amazon's first original series.
Mr Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said he was gratified that the pilots generated hundreds of thousands of views from people in the United States (US) and Britain. He said the company looks forward to repeating the process again.