What is Amazon Studios?

Amazon Studios brings bold and innovative series and films from top tier and up-and-coming creators to customers in over 200 countries and territories. Original productions range from daring and timely subject matter such as Amy Sherman-Palladino’s award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq; to the critically hailed The Grand Tour, Mozart in the Jungle and Man in the High Castle. In film, Amazon Studios produces and acquires original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Amazon Prime members. At the 2017 Academy Awards, Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win Oscars for Manchester by the Sea (Best Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan and Best Actor, Casey Affleck) and The Salesman (Best Foreign Film). Recent notable releases include the box office success The Big Sick, which is one of the top streaming films on Prime. Upcoming films in 2018 include Nash Edgerton’s Gringo, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth and Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.

Why is the open call for submissions ending?

At Amazon we are always reinventing ourselves and looking for ways to become even more efficient and while we will no longer accept new submissions, there are other options.

I have a script, mini-bible, or video that I was not able to submit, what are my next steps?

While we will no longer accept new submissions, there are other options.

What happens to the scripts, mini-bibles, or videos I have submitted?

We will evaluate and respond to all submissions. All submissions on your profile will be available for viewing, rating, or downloading until June 30, 2018.

What happens after June 30, 2018?

Submissions will no longer be available for viewing, rating, or downloading after June 30, 2018.

What will happen to Storybuilder?

Storybuilder is still available for customers.

What will happen to Storywriter?

Storywriter is still available to customers in web browser, but will no longer accept script submissions.

Are my submissions to Amazon Studios private?

Yes; all new projects submitted to Amazon Studios are private by default, which means that only Amazon Studios staff can view them. You can change the visibility of your project at any time by visiting your project page and clicking the “Make project public” or “Make project private” button under the project title. If we enter into an option agreement with you, we may also make your project public in order to get feedback from movie or series fans.

Can I change the visibility of my project or remove it from the Amazon Studios site?

Yes, you can make your public project private (or vice versa) or remove it from the site at any time. Once you’ve submitted it for consideration, though, Amazon retains the rights you granted when submitting it (for example, the right to evaluate it and make you an offer to add it to our Development Slate).

If your project is public, when you remove your project, the project page will be no longer be visible to Amazon Studios visitors, and you will no longer be able to access it. If your project is private, when you remove your project, you will no longer be able to access it on the Amazon Studios site.

How long will Amazon take to evaluate my submission?

It depends on how many submissions we have received in any given week, but we aim to evaluate your submission within about 45 days. When we finish evaluating your submission, you will receive a notification either that we wish to extend you an option offer on your project, or that we are passing on your project at this time.

If Amazon Studios produces my series, what role will I have in the production?

That depends on your skills and experience, and the type of project. In any event, we would have to agree on the terms of the agreement in order to option your material, including any agreement for services.

What is Evaluation Tracker?

We appreciate the opportunity to consider all the work submitted to Amazon Studios, and each submission goes through an evaluation process. Evaluation Tracker shows the status of certain types of submissions as they go through this process.

What do the steps in Evaluation Tracker mean?

Received
This means we got your submission.

Queued
This means that your submission is in our queue for evaluation.

Evaluating
This means that someone on our team is currently evaluating your submission. This could be one of our experienced, trained analysts; a development executive; or even our studio head.

Deciding
This means we're deciding if we want to option your project and add it to our Development Slate.

Complete
This means that we've completed our evaluation of your submission, and you will receive a notification from Amazon Studios within 48 hours with either an agreement to option your property or a pass.

What rights do I give Amazon by submitting my project?

The Amazon Studios Submission Agreement is a contract that governs your and Amazon Studios' rights to the works you submit. If you want to submit a script or video to Amazon Studios, you'll want to make sure you read and understand it first. If you are comfortable with it, agree to it. If you're not comfortable with it or if you're not sure you understand it, we would not want you to agree to it.

In summary: By submitting your work, you give Amazon Studios the right to evaluate it, and share it privately with our team of professional readers to help us evaluate it.

If you choose to make your work public, you give Amazon Studios the right to evaluate it as above, and also to make it available publicly on the Amazon Studios site until you choose to make it private or remove it from the site.

This summary is intended to be helpful but not intended to replace reading the Submission Agreement. To read the full Submission Agreement, please visit this help page.

If Amazon makes me an offer to add my project to the Development Slate, am I obligated to take it?

No, you are not obligated to enter into any agreement to option your property.

What can I do to protect my rights under copyright in my original script or video?

You can register your script with the Writer's Guild of America and your original script or video content with the U.S. Copyright Office.

What should I do if someone has copied my work?

If you contribute an original script, video, or series idea to Amazon Studios and you see that someone has directly copied it (by copying text verbatim or lifting footage) and contributed it as an original script, video, or series idea on Amazon Studios, or used it in another project, please let us know (by clicking "Contact us" on the bottom of most pages) and we'll determine appropriate action. However, Amazon Studios is an open development platform and it's inevitable that there will be similarities between scripts, series ideas and video content. You should not report mere similarities.

If you believe that a project on Amazon Studios has copied your work from outside of Amazon Studios in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact Amazon Studio's copyright agent as specified in the Conditions of Use.

Can I put the video I've submitted to Amazon Studios on other websites?

Yes. Since the Amazon Studios evaluation process is non-exclusive, you are welcome to distribute your work elsewhere while we are considering it.

I love movies and TV, but I'm not a screenwriter or filmmaker. Can I be a part of what Amazon Studios is doing?

Yes. Feedback is crucial to the Amazon Studios process. We hope you will watch, rate and write reviews for our original TV series, movies and pilots on Prime Video. Your insights are valuable and influence the movies and series we create.

How do you decide which pilots become Amazon Original Series?

We use customer feedback to help us decide which pilots become series.

Where can I see Amazon Original Series?

Amazon Original Series are available on Prime Video.