Amazon Studios is Amazon.com's division that develops comics, movies and television shows from online submissions and crowd-sourced feedback. It was started in late 2010. Content would be distributed through Amazon Instant Video, Amazon’s digital video streaming service, and a competitor to services like Netflix and Hulu. For film, Warner Bros. is a partner.
Film and television 
Scripts for television and film are submitted through the web. They are reviewed and rated by other readers in a crowd-source fashion, and/or by Amazon staff. Scripts may be submitted with the option to allow other people to modify them. In addition there is a separate submission method for professional writers (Writers Guild of America members) with separate rules.
Amazon has 45 days to choose a submitted script. If a project is chosen for development the writer receives $10,000. If a developed script is selected for distribution as a full-budget series, the creator gets $55,000 as well as "up to 5 percent of Amazon’s net receipts from toy and t-shirt licensing, and other royalties and bonuses." 
Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012, and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013. 23 films and 26 television series were in active development but none had reached the production stage (1st March 2013).
Amazon Studio's first comic was Blackburn Burrow released in 2012 as a free download. It contained a survey allowing Amazon to collect feedback to determine if it was worthwhile to make the comic into a film. The survey was incentivized with a gift certificate.
Original programming 
On April 19, 2013, Amazon Studios made 14 new pilots available for streaming via Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., and LoveFilm in the UK and Germany, and viewers are able to vote on which shows should continue. These included six children's shows, and eight comedies, two of which are animated. These shows include the musical comedy Browsers starring Bebe Neuwirth, the buddy comedy Those Who Can't, the political comedy-drama Alpha House starring John Goodman, the news comedy Onion News Empire starring Chris Masterson, post-apocalyptic comedy Zombieland starring Kirk Ward, Silicon Valley themed Betas starring Joe Dinicol, and the two animated comedies Dark Minions starring John Ross Bowie and Supanatural. However, Zombieland is produced by Sony Pictures Television, and not affiliated with Amazon Studios.
- Alpha House
- Betas (upcoming)
- Browsers (upcoming)
- Dark Minions (upcoming)
- Onion News Empire
- Supanatural (upcoming)
- Those Who Can't (upcoming)
Children's programming 
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