Amazon’s Original Pilot Initiative Sees Early Success, Lots of FeedbackBy: Josh Wolford - April 22, 2013
On Friday, Amazon finally made all of those pilots they had been talking about for months available for all to view and vote on. Amazon has said that they will use user feedback to determine which of the 14 pilots launched on Friday eventually see a full series run.
And today, they’re announcing that the initiative has seen some early success.
According to Amazon, 8 out of the 10 most-streamed episodes over the weekend belonged to the new pilots.
“For the past year the Amazon Studios team has collaborated with some of the best actors and writers in Hollywood to produce top-quality shows. Now we’ve handed the remote to our customers to hear what they think,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “In just a few days the pilots have received thousands of helpful and sometimes hilarious reviews. Keep the feedback coming – and help us decide which pilots will be turned into full series.”
Amazon says that out of those thousands of reviews, 80% of them have been for 4 or 5 stars.
The full list of comedy pilots available includes Alpha House, Betas, Browsers, Dark Minions, Onion News Empire, Supanatural, Those Who Can’t, and Zombieland. And the 6 kids shows are Annebots, Creative Galaxy, Positively Ozitively, Sara Solves It, Teeny Tiny Dogs, and Tumbleaf.
Price has said that Amazon doesn’t really have a particular number in mind when it comes to how many pilots they will greenlight for full seasons. “Seven would be a lot, but zero wouldn’t be enough. So somewhere between there,” he said. The user feedback will be the determining factor, and it looks like plenty of people are interested in helping Amazon make the decision.