Apple inks first overall deal with Bates Motel’s Kerry Ehrin

Apple has closed its first overall deal with Bates Motel’s co-creator Kerry Ehrin, who will also act as showrunner for the company’s morning show drama with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Ehrin will replace Jay Carson (House of Cards) who has so far acted as creator and showrunner for the morning show. Apple and production […]

TBI Weekly: Where is Apple’s TV distribution strategy?

This week, Apple’s launch date for its slate of original programming was revealed to be set for Spring/Summer 2019, but we’re no closer to knowing how these shows will appear on our screens. Apple doesn’t seem to think it has a distribution problem. In fact, the New York Times report, which revealed the story above, […]

Apple plans Spring/Summer 2019 launch for originals slate

Apple is set to release its range of TV titles for Spring or Summer 2019, according to a New York Times report. The report claims that producers and entertainment executives who have recently met with Apple executives have confirmed the date. The sources have also stated that all productions will have a “bright, optimistic” outlook […]

Eddy Cue: Apple won’t buy Netflix or Disney

Consumer tech giant Apple will not buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look to buy […]

Bob’s Burgers creator making first Apple adult toon

Apple is adding a new animated comedy by Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard to its growing slate. The tech company has given a two-season order for the show, which is named Central Park. The order is 26 episodes, split into two 13-episode seasons. Apple describes it as a “musical comedy” and it is created by […]

TBI Weekly: The OTT ‘arms race’ heats up

This week, it seems that almost every major TV player is claiming their stake in the OTT business and, more so, each player is claiming to be the best. It’s CBS COO Joseph Ianniello who, this week, compared the OTT ecosystem to an arms race, and with the host of competitors joining this space in the […]

Discovery eyes global OTT after closing Scripps deal

Discovery has completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive, and is now looking to the OTT opportunities the new scale provides. The new look group comprises channels such as Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV and Animal Planet among others, and owns over 8,000 hours of programming. Following completion of […]

BBC boss fears threat of digital giants

BBC director general Tony Hall is again attacking the threat of the US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic change” is […]

Apple taps Sony for new Latin America head

Apple has hired Sony Pictures Television’s Angélica Guerra as its first head of Latin American programming at Apple Worldwide Video. Guerra will start next month and report to Morgan Wandell, Apple’s head of international creative development, who joined the company in October. The exec served as senior VP and managing director of production for Latin […]

Apple orders thriller drama from Sixth Sense director

Apple has ordered its latest original by Sixth Sense writer and director M. Night Shyamalan. The psychological thriller was given a straight-to-series order, with Shyamalan executive producing and Tony Basgallop writing. It will be a half-hour series and has received a ten-episode order, although further details are yet to be revealed. Shyamalan will direct the […]

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