Amazon expands kids programming

Amazon’s film and TV production arm, Amazon Studios, has greenlit five additional children’s TV shows.

The five series, including three animated and two live action pilots, will again be opened up to customer feedback, which will eventually determine whether they will be turned into full series for streaming service Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The pilots include two shows for preschool-aged children: Buddy: Tech Detective, written by Jennifer Hamburg, produced by The Foundation and animated by Jellyfish Animation; and The Stinky & Dirty Show, adapted by Guy Toubes from the I Stink! book series and animated by Brown Bag Films.

The other three shows, all for children aged 6-11, include: Niko And The Sword Of Light, adapted by Rob Hoegee from the comic book of the same name and animated by Titmouse; Table 58, written by May Chan about a bunch of kids who don’t fit into either the cool or geek crowds; and Just Add Magic, based on Cindy Callaghan’s book of the same name.

The shows have been greenlit in addition to Amazon’s previously announced kids’ programming, including Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy and Annedroids. Amazon also has a deal to stream shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora The Explorer and Team Umizoomi.

“We’re very excited to be working with such talented creative minds in kids entertainment to bring these five new pilots to life,” said Amazon Studios head of kids programming Tara Sorensen.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reaction to our first three children’s series that debuted this summer – Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy and Annedroids – and look forward to giving parents more episodes of these beloved shows to enjoy.”