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Apple TV remakes Keshet’s ‘False Flag’ with Uma Thurman attached to star

Apple TV has ordered a thriller based on Israeli drama False Flag, with Kill Bill’s Uma Thurman set to star. Suspicion follows the kidnapping of the son of a prominent American businesswoman, played by Thurman. The 21-year-old’s abduction from a large, upmarket hotel in central New York is captured on video and goes viral, with […]

From Slough House with love?

Apple TV+ has turned to a familiar genre for its first European drama, but what makes spy stories so enduring and are we reaching saturation point? Stephen Arnell explores Since joining Apple in 2017, Jay Hunt has kept a relatively low profile. All this could be about to change after the recent launch of the […]

Apple TV+ hires outgoing Starz progamming chief Carmi Zlotnik

Carmi Zlotnik, who is stepping down as president of programming at Starz, has struck an exclusive production deal at Apple TV+. Zlotnik had been with the company for more than a decade and worked on shows including Outlander, American Gods and Power. He will work with the cabler during his transition before moving to Apple […]

Tim Cook pleased with Apple TV+ start, doesn’t think customers want ads

“Apple TV+ is off to a rousing start,” claimed CEO Tim Cook during Apple’s Q1 2020 earnings call. In the company’s first public outing since the service’s launch, the CEO shed some light on Apple’s measurement for the success of Apple TV+. Cook said: “We are primarily measuring our sales on the number of subscribers. […]

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 […]

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