How do I upload my series idea?

Click the "Start a New Project" button in the upper right corner of any Amazon Studios page. We'll then walk you through submitting your new series project step by step.

What do I need to submit a new series idea?

A comedy series proposal must include:

  • A pilot script
    This should be the series at its best, but not necessarily an origin story. We encourage single-cam (single-spaced) scripts to be 36 pages or fewer; multi-cam (double-spaced) scripts, 54 pages or fewer.

A children's series proposal must include:

  • A mini-bible
    This should describe the series in general, and its main characters; tell where the series is going and whether episodes are serial or standalone; and include five or six episode ideas. We encourage mini-bibles to be between two and six pages.
How do I know whether to credit a character designer?

If your new series idea is illustrated with character drawings or sketches in your mini-bible, you must identify the artist who brought the characters to life. The character designer defines a visual style reference used by animators creating episodes of an animated series.

Can I submit video content?

If you have video such as a storyboard, animation test, or pilot, you’re encouraged to upload that as well. You must have full rights to the series idea you are submitting, and identify the series creators (e.g., writers and character designers) at the time of upload.

How do I choose whether to submit my series idea privately or publicly?

When you upload an original series idea, you will be given the option to either submit it privately or publicly.

If you choose to submit a series idea privately, only Amazon Studios staff will be able to access your work for evaluation. Your series idea won't be made publicly available at Amazon Studios. Your privately submitted series idea will only become public at Amazon Studios if we pay to extend our option on it, we buy it, or you choose to make it public.

If you choose to submit a series idea publicly, Amazon Studios staff will evaluate it, and it will also be published to the Amazon Studios site for public feedback. The Amazon Studios process is designed to make collaboration easy. Sometimes an outside perspective can be just what you need to solve problems with a story or bring entirely new and exciting elements into play. Other Amazon Studios participants will be able to request your permission to contribute new work (like pilot scripts, mini-bibles, and promo videos) to your project, and those contributions will restart our 45-day option and evaluation period. For more information on the rights related to series ideas that you upload publicly, see the FAQ and the Development Agreement.

How should my script be formatted?

All submissions should be in standard script format, with Courier 12-point font and standard script margins. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Page size: 8-1/2 by 11 inches
  • Page margins: No less than 1.5 inches (left) and 1 inch (right, top, bottom)
  • Scene heading (slugline): 1.5-2 inches
  • Action: 1.5-2 inches
  • Dialogue: 2.5-3 inches
  • Character names: centered

Dialogue should be single spaced for single-camera series or double spaced for multi-camera series. For single-cam, we encourage scripts to be 36 pages or fewer; for multi-cam, 54 pages or fewer.

What file format should I use?

You may submit your script as a PDF. This may make it easier for you to format your script, and for others to read and review it.

You may also submit your script in .rtf file format. Saving your script in .rtf format allows it to be opened and edited in all word-processing applications and facilitates collaboration.