Amazon Prime Viewers to Vote Up or Down on New Pilots


Amazon’s new pilot season, which allows its Prime Members to help select the next slate of original Amazon shows, kicks off June 17.

Prime Members in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan, will be able to stream and review new shows, including two one-hour pilots, The Last Tycoon and The Interestings, which will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. Past customer feedback was influential in the development of such series as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and The Man in the High Castle.

Roy Price, vice president, Digital Video and Amazon Studios, said, “Our process has proven to work time and time again.Their feedback has helped create series that have become fan favorites among critics and customers.”

The Last Tycoon, which is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel of the same name, follows Monroe Stahr (White Collar’s Matt Bomer) as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady (Frasier’s Kelsey Grammer) for control of a Hollywood studio. Elia Kazan directed the 1976 film, with Robert DeNiro and Robert Mitchum playing the lead roles. That version is viewable on Amazon Prime for $2.99.

The Interestings, based on Meg Wolitzer’s critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller, follows the friendships among a group of artistic teenagers starting in summer camp in 1974 and extending over the next several decades. It stars Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose, Numb3rs’ David Krumholtz, Mad Men’s Jessica Pare, Sleepy Hollow’s Matt Barr, Rick and the Flash’s Gabriel Ebert, Rubicon’s Jessica Collins and Public Morals’ Corey Cott.

Amazon will also be showcasing new pilots for children including live-action show Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and animated pilots The Curious Kitty and Friends, Jazz Duck, Morris and the Cow, Toasty Tales and Little Big Awesome.

All pilots will be available via the Amazon Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, or online at

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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