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Streamer launches slow Netflix’s growth in US

Netflix added 8.7 million subscribers in the final quarter of 2019, ending the year with more than 167 million customers globally. However, the streaming firm said the emergence of new competitors and price changes had slowed its growth in the US, where it added just 420,000 subscribers – fewer than the 600,000 it had projected. […]

Apple TV’s ‘Servant’ at centre of plagiarism lawsuit

Apple is at the centre of a lawsuit by Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini over its original series Servant. Gregorini has filed a copyright lawsuit that alleges that Servant, which was developed by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, plagiarised her 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel. Both titles focus on mothers who are grieving […]

Marcy Ross steps down at ‘Jack Ryan’ producer Skydance Television

Jack Ryan producer Skydance Television is looking for a new chief after incumbent Marcy Ross revealed she would be stepping down. Ross, who was president at the US producer’s television arm, helped to launch Skydance’s TV interests in 2013. The company’s output now includes Netflix drama Altered Carbon and Apple TV+ show Foundation, as well […]

Apple signs former HBO chief Richard Plepler to exclusive production deal

Apple has hired former HBO chief Richard Plepler to make TV shows for the Apple TV+ streaming service in a five-year deal. Under the terms of the agreement, Plepler and his recently created production company, Eden Productions, will develop original programmes exclusively for the Apple service, which launched in November. Plepler, who was HBO’s CEO […]

Apple seals first-look pact with ‘Catastrophe’ creator Sharon Horgan

Apple has struck an exclusive first-look deal with Sharon Horgan. The pact comes after Catastrophe creator Horgan’s deal with Amazon expired and will include all projects written by the Divorce scribe. Horgan starred alongside comedian Rob Delaney in Catastrophe and has also appeared in shows including Army Wives. She is also behind UK-based prodco Merman […]

Apple TV+ links with Wanda Sykes for LGBTQ docuseries

Apple TV+ is ramping up its factual offering with a five-part docuseries that has Wanda Sykes attached and which explores how the LGBTQ movement has influenced television. Visible: Out On Television is from filmmaker duo Ryan White (The Keepers) and Jessica Hargrave, who executive produce alongside Sykes and Wilson Cruz. All five of the show’s […]

See-Saw Films hires ‘Killing Eve’ producer as part of expanded TV strategy

See-Saw Films, the UK-based prodco behind forthcoming Apple TV drama Slow Horses, has hired Killing Eve producer Elinor Day as part of a “company-wide strategic move” to boost the company’s TV output. Day becomes executive producer for See-Saw’s UK TV arm and will oversee selected shows from the company’s existing slate as well as developing […]

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 […]

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