Amazon Orders Three Kids Series, 'Shaun the Sheep' Special
Animated adventure series 'Lost in Oz' tells the story of a 12-year-old Dorothy.
Amazon Studios has picked up three new kids series as well as a half-hour special about Shaun the Sheep.
The e-commerce company announced Friday that it will offer full seasons of Dino Dana, The Kicks and Lost in Oz to Amazon Prime subscribers. The half-hour special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas will also debut on the streaming video service.
Dino Dana follows up on Emmy award-winning series Dino Dan with 16 new prehistoric characters. After a chance encounter with Trek and his Dino Field Guide, paleontologist-in-training Dana and her sister Emily begin to see dinosaurs all around them. The series was created and directed by J.J. Johnson and will be executive produced by Sinking Ship partners Johnson, Blair Powers and Matt Bishop. It is co-executive produced by Christin Simms and written by Johnson and Simms.
The Kicks is an adaptation of the book series from U.S. Women's National Team soccer player Alex Morgan. For ages 6 to 11, it tells the story of soccer star Devin Burke, who adjusts to a new school and team after her family moves to California. The project is executive produced by James Frey through his Full Fathom Five banner, along with Ted Cohen and Andrew Orenstein.
A modern twist on the classic Wizard of Oz story, Lost in Oz is an animated action-adventure for children ages 6 to 11 that is set in a metropolitan Emerald City. Stranded in the city, Dorothy Gale befriends West, a street-smart witch dealing with dark temptations, and giant munchkin Ojo. The series was developed and produced by Bureau of Magic's Mark Warshaw, Darin Mark, Jared Mark and Abram Makowka with Flaunt Productions designing.
The Shaun the Sheep special sees Farmer and Bitzer go to the county fair and Shaun accompany them to cause mischief. From Aardman Animations, the special is written by Lee Pressman, Richard Starzak and NIck Vincent Murphy. It is directed by Jay Grace and produced by Paul Kewley and John Woolley. It will premiere Nov. 13.
Lost in Oz and The Kicks both streamed pilot episodes as part of Amazon's June pilot season, where viewers could weigh in on their favorite shows. The new shows join a slate of children's programming that includes Wishenpoof! and Just Add Magic.