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Originally published Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:04 AM

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Amazon Studios gives green light to developing 3 shows

The retail giant’s original programming group gives the go-ahead for new shows, adding to a portfolio of programs to help its Amazon Prime Instant Video compete with Netflix.

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Amazon Studios, the retail giant’s original-programming arm, has given the green light to create pilots for three new half-hour shows.

The division, which uses crowdsourcing techniques to help guide its programming decisions, is developing the shows to compete with Netflix, which has its own hit program in “House of Cards.”

One of the new pilots, “Mozart in the Jungle,” written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, is based on Blair Tindall’s memoir of the same name.

Amazon Studios will also move forward with “The Outlaws,” a program about a pro football team, written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach with creative help from TV personality and former New York Giant Michael Strahan.

And Amazon will also make a pilot of “Transparent,” written and directed by Jill Soloway, a producer and writer on HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” about a dysfunctional Los Angeles family, starring Jeffrey Tambor.

Jay Greene: 206-464-2231 or jgreene@seattletimes.com. Twitter: iamjaygreene

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