Amazon Studios Orders Tampa Baes Unscripted Series


Tampa Baes, a docuseries following a lesbian friend group in Tampa Bay, Florida, has been greenlit by Amazon Studios.

Tampa Baes will premiere this fall exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, India, Ireland and New Zealand, with a worldwide release to follow. The eight-episode series is produced by 3 Ball Productions, a 3BMG company.

Following the young lesbian “it-crowd” that’s navigating and celebrating life in Tampa Bay, Tampa Baes will see this group of loyal friends—and sometimes more than friends—be ambitious and unapologetic while battling stereotypes and labels. The Tampa Baes include Ali Myers, Nelly Ramirez, Shiva Pishdad, Jordan Whitley, Marissa Gialousis, Summer Mitchell, Cuppie Bragg, Brianna Murphy, Haley Grable, Melanie Posner, Olivia Mullins and Mack McKenzie.

Showrunner Melissa Bidwell said: “Working on this show has been an incredible experience, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m thrilled this type of series can exist in the premium streaming space. The cast is truly dynamic, refreshing and unlike any I’ve worked with—they certainly won’t disappoint! Viewers everywhere will be able to relate to them in one way or another, and I can’t wait for the world to fall in love with our Tampa Baes!”

Vernon Sanders, co-head of television at Amazon Studios, said: “This series is fun and celebratory. In a world where there’s a dearth of content centering dynamic lesbian women, Amazon Studios is excited to bring this vibrant look at these women’s lives and give the world a real entry point to undoubtedly know and love them.”