You can get just about anything on Amazon these days. Pretty soon that may include original sitcoms, with the rollout of Amazon Studios.
“We’re now developing original programming for Amazon Instant Video. Submit your children’s series or comedy series idea — it could be the next hit show,” says a message on the company’s Web site.
The site is also advertising for writers on open writing assignments, which pay up to $33,000.
Amazon Studios had Amazon Studios head Roy Price tell All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka that he wants the shows to feel like “real” TV shows and that the products will have the production budgets to match.
Amazon Studios is also running a “Premise War” on its site, asking Web visitors to choose between two competing pitches already at the studio. (By the way, meet your newest tool for serious procrastination.)
The online retailer already distributes video through its Instant Video service, and has developed good relationships with studios by streaming old television shows and movies through that marketplace for free with a subscription to its Prime service, or for one-off rentals starting at $2.99. Users can also, of course, buy digital copies of the content.