Perhaps the biggest shift in the entire Betas journey was the pilot process itself. For years, television has worked just like Samuel L. Jackson explains it in Pulp Fiction: when a network likes a prospective show, it commissions a single episode. Those that make the cut go to series, while those that don’t… don’t. Netflix has tried to gain an edge with creatives that may have been burned by the pilot process by forgoing them altogether; House of Cards and Orange is the New Black were ordered straight to series, no pilot required. But Amazon Studios is using the traditional model with the added layer of user input.
Amazon, much like Netflix is experimenting with the process of how original TV shows are selected to be produced.