Veteran television producers will create reimagined pilot for classic
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2015--
(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon Studios today announced it has signed a development
deal with iconic television producers Sid and Marty Krofft to develop a
reimagined pilot of classic ‘70s children live action series Sigmund
and the Sea Monsters.
“Sid and Marty are geniuses and we are honored to be working with them
to bring to the world a return of what we believe is TV’s most fabulous
and funniest sea creature ever,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon
“Sid found Sigmund swimming in the ocean as seaweed,” said Marty Krofft.
“Boy, are we lucky to re-create Sigmund and the Sea Monsters with
Roy Price and Tara Sorensen at Amazon Studios.”
Many of the most colorful and fondly remembered children’s series of the
1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft.
Their groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows were mainstays of the
Saturday morning airwaves, which had previously been the exclusive
domain of cartoons. The Kroffts made their television debut in 1969 with
NBC’s H.R. Pufnstuf, which centered on the magical adventures of
a boy named Jimmy, a talking flute and a six-foot dragon. The series,
which introduced the brothers’ innovative mix of live-action and
puppetry, was made into a Universal Pictures feature in 1970. The show
continues to be broadcast around the world. Pufnstuf was quickly
followed by The Bugaloos on NBC (1970) and Lidsville on
ABC (1971). Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and Land Of The Lost
premiered on NBC in 1974 and in 1975, respectively. Later kids shows
included Far Out Space Nuts, Lost Saucer and The Krofft
Supershow, which included installments of Wonderbug, Big Foot &
Wildboy, Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, Dr. Shrinker and Kaptain
Kool and the Kongs. Their slate of children’s series gained
notoriety with Pufnstuf ranking among TV Guide’s top cult shows
ever for two years and Land of the Lost’s success in syndication
leading to a remake of the series in 1991.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Kroffts also found success as producers of
popular primetime variety series such as The Donny and Marie Show,
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, Pink Lady and Jeff and the top-rated Barbara
Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters. Krofft puppets were also
regular characters on other variety shows of the period. In 1984, the
Kroffts made the bold move of giving comedian Richard Pryor his own
award-winning Saturday morning children’s series on CBS, Pryor’s Place.
Besides capitalizing on Pryor’s irreverent humor, the show explored
important social issues such as child abuse, divorce and the importance
of reading. The Kroffts got political in 1987 with D.C. Follies,
a satirical TV series lampooning current events with amazing,
larger-than-life puppets of celebrities, politicians and newsmakers.
About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios most recently debuted its first hour-long drama, Bosch,
based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books. Bosch joins other Amazon
original series Mozart in the Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason
Schwartzman, Paul Weitz, John Strauss and Alex Timbers, Jill Soloway’s
multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent, along
with the second season of the Garry Trudeau political comedy Alpha
House. The studio has also launched its first live-action series for
kids 6-11, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and three
additional children’s series, the Annecy International Animated Film
Festival Award-winning and Annie Award-winning Tumble Leaf from
Bix Pix Entertainment; Creative Galaxy from Angela Santomero and
Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators of Blue’s Clues; and Annedroids,
from Emmy nominated Sinking Ship Entertainment.
Amazon Studios has also announced three additional, original series to
debut in 2015, including Hand of God from Marc Forster and Ben
Watkins; Red Oaks from Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green,
Greg Jacobs and Joe Gangemi; and kids series Wishenpoof! from
Angela Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises; as well as a second
season of Transparent.
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