Amazon & The Roots Collaborate on Kids’ Series


Amazon is currently developing an animated children’s show, tentatively titled South Street Sounds, as well as a live-action kids’ series with Grammy-winning hip-hop band The Roots and their Passyunk Productions.

Both projects will be executive produced by The Roots’ Tarik Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, their manager Shawn Gee (Soundclash) for Philly Films and Brian Sher (Boss) for Category 5 Entertainment. South Street Sounds follows a trio of friends growing up in a musical neighborhood who decide to form their own band. The show is penned by Becky Friedman (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) and will feature music by The Roots.

Thompson commented: “As we venture into the world that is film and television production, we couldn’t think of a better partner than Amazon to help us develop these first two children’s projects.”

Trotter noted: “Our love for music started as young kids, and we hope to inspire a generation of future artists, musicians and music fans through the stories we tell and the music they hear on these shows.”

“Driven by The Roots’ passion for music and the arts, these projects are perfectly aligned with our mission to inspire kids to think creatively and musically about the world around them,” added Tara Sorensen, the head of kids’ programming at Amazon Studios.