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Apple TV+ poised for production pact with HBO alum Richard Plepler

Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who left the US cabler in March, is close to agreeing an exclusive production deal with Apple TV+. The pact would see his New York City-based prodco, RLP & Co, create original content for the streamer, which launched at the start of the month. The deal is being led by […]

Apple TV+ head of current exits amidst senior exec restructure

Apple TV’s head of current programming, unscripted and documentary Kim Rozenfeld is leaving the recently launched streamer, which made its global bow just two weeks ago. His departure comes as part of a restructure at Apple, where studio chiefs Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht have brought development and current programming into a single entity. […]

Apple strikes overall deal with ‘Roma’ director Alfonso Cuarón

Roma writer and director Alfonso Cuarón has struck an overall deal with Apple that will see him create a raft of new TV projects for the company’s soon-to-launch streaming service. The multi-year agreement will see Cuarón develop and produce shows exclusively for Apple’s TV+ service, but he will continue to work with Anonymous Content on […]

Oprah Winfrey’s book club series for Apple TV+ takes shape

Oprah Winfrey and Apple have shed light on the structure of the media tycoon’s global book club and series for the forthcoming streamer, first announced in March.  Winfrey – who first launched a book club on her talk show in 1996, transforming obscure titles into global bestsellers – is to interview authors of selected books […]

TBI Weekly: Streaming evolution leaves Netflix out on its own

The end of August traditionally signals the end of vacations and a return to work for most in the northern hemisphere but for those in charge of nascent streamers and established players, it’s been a busy month. Following a flurry of summertime activity, attention is now turning back onto Netflix to see how it might […]

Apple TV+ goes head-to-head with Disney as pricing, launch details emerge

Apple could be rolling out its premium streaming service for $9.99 per month starting in November. According to a report in Bloomberg, the company wants Apple TV+ to be a part of its drive to reach $50bn in service sales by 2020 with a launch globally in over 150 countries. The pricing puts the service in between […]

Acorn TV expands distribution partnerships to Apple, Amazon

Acorn TV has grown its distribution footprint, expanding to Apple TV, Roku, Amazon and Android TV. The AMC-owned SVOD – which is focused on British programming and international drama – is now available on Apple TV channels in the Apple TV app, Roku Channel, Amazon Channels Canada and Android TV. For Apple, customers in the […]

Apple TV app launches in more than 100 countries

Apple has launched its redesigned TV app, making it possible for consumers to subscribe in one place to channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian Channel and EPIX. The update, which was first announced at an Apple event in March, is now available in over 100 countries. Apple said more channels would be added over […]

Apple hires A+E’s Molly Thompson to head documentaries

Apple has hired A+E Networks veteran Molly Thompson as its head of documentaries. Thompson founded A+E’s feature film banner, A&E IndieFilms, in 2003 – a unit that has commissioned, acquired and backed a variety of award-winning docs such as The September Issue, Jesus Camp and The Tillman Story. Thompson’s recent exec producer credits include Matt […]

TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

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