Amazon Storywriter was an online screenwriting platform launched to provide an alternative to services like Final Draft and WriterDuet and to give Amazon the opportunity to acquire original content to be developed under the banner of Amazon Studios.
A selling point of the application was that it helps screenwriters auto-format the content by introducing 9 different structure elements into a sidebar which the user could utilize to edit their content.
After completing the writing stage, the user could submit the screenplay for reviews to Amazon Studios, which had an open-door submission policy. If the script was selected, it would be operationalized and put under production. The writer would get the appropriate compensation under the purview of an agreement.
In an official statement before shuttering the venture, Amazon said, “At Amazon, we are always reinventing ourselves and looking for ways to become even more efficient.”
One year before the shutdown, on 30th June 2019, Amazon asked the users to download the scripts as they would be unavailable after the shutdown.
Two main reasons can be cited for the tacit mothballing of the venture:
So, the platform’s failure to bring in good-enough scripts and transition them to production was the main reason that pushed Amazon towards the decision to shut the service down.