Amazon Launches Storywriter, a Free Screenwriting Tool to Help Visionary Storytellers Get Their Work Discovered

Amazon also offers new expansions on open-door script submission policy, making it easier than ever for writers to break into Hollywood

SEATTLE — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 19, 2015 — (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Amazon today announced Amazon Storywriter, a free, cloud-based screenwriting software for writers of all levels to create movie and TV screenplays in standard format, offering an alternative to costly industry options. Also, in an effort to further enable talented writers to present their work for consideration and to expand its search for the next great movie or TV series, Amazon will now accept drama submissions and will no longer take a free option on scripts submitted directly to the amazonstudios.com site.

Starting today, creators can simply log in with their Amazon account to access Amazon Storywriter. This writer-friendly software takes the pain out of formatting, with features including auto-format as you type and import/export of PDF, FDX and Fountain formats. Screenwriters can write online while their scripts are saved as they work, knowing all their material is being stored securely in the cloud. Additionally, they can write offline with a free installable Chrome app for Mac and PC.

“Amazon is thrilled to support the evolution of our creative community by offering advanced tools like Amazon Storywriter to assist both established and aspiring writers in telling their stories,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Amazon is dedicated to producing high-quality, original films and television series that customers love, and enabling more writers to obtain access to creative resources will ultimately help us discover great new talent. Just recently we were thrilled to debut the second season of Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, a kids show that came to us as a script submission. The show has been a huge hit with customers and a testament to the open door process—we can’t wait to see what comes in next.”

Amazon is always on the lookout for compelling new voices and interesting characters in series and movies that have the potential to become hits. Amazon continues to accept original scripts for feature films, primetime comedy series for adults, series for children between the ages of 2-14, and now for the first time also welcomes drama series submissions. In addition, Amazon will no longer take a free option on script submissions, thus allowing Writers Guild of America and the Animation Guild members to submit their original material through the online submission process.

For more information, please visit https://studios.amazon.com/

About Amazon Studios
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 online for Amazon Studios to review, and those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.

Amazon Studios is known for bringing Prime members the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-winning series Transparent along with original hits like Red Oaks, Hand of GodBoschCatastrophe and Mozart in the Jungle. Prime members also have access to a collection of Amazon Original series for kids such as AnnedroidsGortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Wishenpoof, and the Annecy, Annie, and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf. Amazon Studios much anticipated series The Man in the High Castle premieres this week on November 20, and season two of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Transparent will come to Prime members on December 11. Coming soon will be the second seasons of Mozart in the JungleBosch and the romantic comedy Catastrophe, along with the debut season of the docu-series, The New Yorker Presents and Mad Dogs. Amazon Studios will premiere its first original movie, Chi-Raq in movie theaters on December 4.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.



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