By Ramzi De Coster | Indiewire October 3, 2013 at 11:58AM
Stepping up its original series tug-of-war with Netflix, Amazon Studios has greenlit production of three new comedy pilots.
The half-hour pilots include "Mozart in the Jungle," written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, "The Outlaws" written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach and finally "Transparent," written by Jill Soloway. "Mozart in the Jungle" is based on Blair Tindall's "Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music," memoir, "The Outlaws" centers on the off and on-pitch dynamics of a professional football team and "Transparent," follows a black comedy tale of an L.A. family struggling with "boundary issues." The comedic trio comes armed with a distinct thematic diversity that is sure to appeal to Amazon's "watch and provide feedback" strategy in order to decide which show to extend into a full series.
"Mozart in the Jungle," "The Outlaws" and "Transparent" follow a spate of recent Amazon Studios Children's pilot announcements, including “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” “Grid Smasher,” “Hard-Boiled Eggheads,” “The Jo B. & G. Raff Show,” “Wishenpoof!” and “The Maker Shack Agency,” as well as the upcoming full comedy series "Alpha House," and "Betas."