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Disney+ delays French roll-out as Apple & Amazon cut streaming quality

The roll-out of Disney+ has been delayed across France in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, following a request from the country’s government concerned about the increasing strain on broadband services. The much-anticipated service had been due to launch in France on 24 March, in line with numerous other European countries including Ireland, the UK, […]

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 […]

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 orders Jackson Lamb spy drama starring Gary Oldman

Apple TV+ has ordered a scripted spy series that will star Gary Oldman and has Justified‘s Graham Yost attached to exec produce, with the show marking the first drama ordered by UK-based exec Jay Hunt. Slow Horses is from UK and Australia-based producer See-Saw Films and is the first instalment of the Slough House novel […]

Disney+ to exceed 100 million subs by 2025

Forthcoming streamer Disney+ is expected to have secured more than 100 million subscribers by 2025, according to a new report revealed today. According to Digital TV Research, the ‘big five’ SVOD platforms – Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Apple TV and HBO Max – are expected to have a total of 529 million global subscribers by 2025, […]

UK parliament calls for high-end tax relief reform, terms of trade review

The UK’s high-end tax relief for drama should be reformed and producers’ Terms of Trade with broadcasters should be reviewed, according to a far-reaching report into the country’s TV industry. The UK’s House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has been reviewing the impact of SVOD services on the UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB’s) such […]

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 […]

Disney boss Bob Iger steps down from Apple board

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced his resignation from Apple’s board.  According to a filing from Apple, Iger resigned on September 10 – the same day that the company revealed the launch date and pricing for Apple TV+. In a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, Iger said: “I have the utmost respect for Tim Cook, his team at […]

Apple TV+ confirms November launch, pricing and release strategy

Apple has confirmed launch plans and pricing for its streaming service, with a monthly fee that is wildly below the reported $9.99 per month sub price. The long-awaited Apple TV+ is to debut 1 November in more than 100 countries, priced at $4.99 a month, following a seven-day free trial. The tech giant confirmed details […]

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