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Amazon’s Second Original Kids Series Creative Galaxy Now Available Exclusively on Prime Instant Video
|By Business Wire
|June 27, 2014 09:01 AM EDT
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced its second original kids series, Creative
Galaxy, is now available for exclusive unlimited streaming on Prime
Instant Video at no additional cost to Prime members. A make-along,
create-along art adventure series for children ages three to five, Creative
Galaxy comes from Angela Santomero (Super Why!, Daniel
Tigers Neighborhood), the creator of the hit show Blue’s Clues.
The series features “Arty,” an adorable alien artist, and “Epiphany,”
his inspirational side-kick, on their adventures through the Creative
Galaxy solving problems through art, music and dance. To give kids and
parents the real-life tools they need to recreate Arty’s experience, a
live-action piece at the end of each animated episode takes families
through the craft project Arty showcased in the galaxy.
Creative Galaxy features vocal talent from Christian
Distefano (PAW Patrol) as “Arty,” Kira
Gelineau (Dear Viola) as “Epiphany,” and guest stars Samantha
Bee (The Daily Show), Jason
Jones (The Daily Show), Cloris
Leachman (Malcolm In the Middle), Jason
Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) and Brooke
Shields (Lipstick Jungle).
“The premiere of Creative Galaxy could not have come soon enough.
I’m ecstatic that Prime members now have the opportunity to explore the
world of art and creativity with Arty and Epiphany,” said creator Angela
Santomero. “Working with Amazon has been an inspiring experience since
we both believe children’s programming should support key educational
goals by teaching the importance of learning through play.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with Angela Santomero, one of
the most influential and renowned minds in children’s entertainment,”
said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “With Creative
Galaxy, Angela and her team at Out of the Blue have developed a
series that encompasses exactly what Amazon strives to achieve with our
preschool programming and we can’t wait to hear about the artistic and
creative adventures Prime families embark on in their own galaxies at
Creative Galaxy, like all of Amazon’s children’s programs, is
designed to inspire creative thinking through play. To ensure Amazon’s
original children’s programming both engages children while supporting
educational goals, Amazon kids preschool programs are developed with the
support of Dr. Alice Wilder, one of the world’s foremost experts in
educational and child psychology. Dr. Wilder is most well-known for her
work as the producer and director of research and development for Blue’s
Clues and Blue’s Room.
Starting today, Prime members have unlimited streaming access to the
first six episodes of Creative Galaxy, at no additional cost to
their membership. Prime members can watch on Amazon Fire TV, Fire phone,
Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and Wii U, and
other connected devices, online at www.amazon.com/AIV,
and on Prime Instant Video in the UK. Each episode consists of two
11-minute stories. The remaining six episodes will become available in
September. In addition, this December Prime Instant Video will offer a
holiday themed bonus episode. Creative Galaxy will also be
available in Kindle
FreeTime Unlimited, a service built just for kids that gives them
the freedom to explore all their favorite books, games, educational
apps, movies and TV shows, while providing parents with the tools they
need to manage their kids’ screen time. Customers who are not already
Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
In addition, Amazon recently collaborated with the Association of
Children’s Museums (ACM) on a series of screenings and educational
activities related to its original kids programming. Creative Galaxy screening
events will be held on July 19 at the Bay
Area Discovery Museum, Boston
Children’s Museum, Brooklyn
Children’s Museum, and Children’s
Museum of Houston.
Amazon launched its first kids’ series, the 2014 Annecy International
Animated Film Festival-award winner Tumble Leaf, just last month. Tumble
Leaf is available for unlimited streaming in Prime Instant Video and
features a curious blue fox named “Fig” and his best friend “Stick” on
playful adventures. Amazon will make a third children’s series, Annedroids,
available on Prime Instant Video starting on July 25. Annedroids is
a live-action adventure series for children ages four through seven,
about a brilliant scientist who just happens to be an 11-year-old girl.
Created by JJ
Johnson (Dino Dan), the series stars Addison
Holley (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) and Adrianna Di Liello (Stage
About Amazon Studios
Last year Amazon Studios launched its first two prime time series, Alpha
House and Betas, and recently debuted its first two
children’s series, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Award-winning Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment, as well as Creative
Galaxy from Angela Santomero, the creator of Blue’s Clues. A
third kids’ series, Annedroids, from Emmy nominated Sinking Ship
Entertainment, will debut in July. Amazon Studios recently announced six
additional, original series including Chris Carter’s The After;
Michael Connelly’s Bosch; Jill Soloway’s Transparent; Mozart
in the Jungle from Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman;
Wishenpoof! from Angela Santomero; and Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on
Normal Street from David Anaxagoras, as well as a second
season of Alpha House. Amazon Original Series are
available exclusively to Prime members through Prime Instant Video.
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films
and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and
audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script and Amazon
Studios will read and review all submissions. Those who choose to make
their projects public will also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios
Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and
filmographies, is available on Amazon's IMDb (www.imdb.com),
the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided
by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus,
passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click
shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon,
AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and
Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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