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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 […]

Apple buys Bryce Dallas Howard’s feature doc ‘Dads’ out of TIFF

Tech giant Apple has swooped for global rights to Bryce Dallas Howard-directed feature doc Dads for its forthcoming streaming service. Apple picked up worldwide rights to the doc ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last Friday (6 September), according to Variety. In the 81-minute film, Howard teams up with her […]

Apple welcomes Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Mr Corman’ drama

Apple has greenlit its latest talent-led scripted project with a drama from Looper and Dark Shadows star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Mr Corman will be written, directed and exec produced by Gordon-Levitt, who is also set to star in the half-hour dramedy that explores the life of a schoolteacher living in LA. The show is being produced […]

Apple drops Richard Gere-starring remake of Israeli drama

  Apple has dropped its Richard Gere-starring drama Bastards, which was set to be a remake of an Israeli drama with Howard Gordon onboard as showrunner. The show was ordered straight-to-series last year and was being written by Gordon and Warren Leight, with both also attached as exec producers and showrunners. The eight-part series, based […]

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 […]

Apple, Amazon talk up flexible deals

Apple’s creative director for Europe Jay Hunt and Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown have talked up their companies’ openness to flexible rights models, including considering coproductions. Hunt (pictured), who took up her position at Apple 18 months ago, is now working on commissions for the tech giant’s forthcoming streaming offering, selected details […]

Natural history co-pros unlikely as genre evolves for SVODs

Alastair Fothergill, producer of Netflix’s Our Planet, has warned that SVOD players “will not consider co-productions” around natural history in the future as the digital giants look to plant their flags in the genre. The veteran natural history producer, who left the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) in 2012 to set up Silverback Films, suggested […]

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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