Apple hires former Disney, Hulu & Quibi exec for channels business

Apple has continued its hiring spree of top Hollywood industry insiders with the reported appointment of former Disney and Quibi exec Tim Connolly. Connolly has taken an unnamed role in Apple’s video business, according to UK newspaper The Telegraph, with a remit believed to include him bolstering the TV platform’s Channels proposition. The company already […]

Renewals round-up: Netflix extends ‘Warrior Nun’; Apple returns to ‘Ted Lasso’

‘Warrior Nun’ fights again Fantasy action series Warrior Nun has been renewed for a second season at Netflix. Inspired by the manga series Warrior Nun Areala, the show follows a 19-year-old woman who comes back from the dead with incredible new powers and discovers she is now part of an ancient order tasked with battling […]

Apple inks first-look deal with DiCaprio’s Appian Way

Apple has signed a first-look deal with LA-based Appian Way Productions, the company founded by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio. The multi-year deal covers both television and unscripted feature projects at the prodco, which is co-run by Jennifer Davisson. Appian Way already has two projects set up at Apple – the thriller series Shining Girls, starring […]

Apple TV+ preps Oprah Winfrey remote interview show exploring racism

Oprah Winfrey is launching a new interview series on Apple TV+, which will debut in just two days time. The Oprah Conversation will land on the streaming service Thursday, 30 July and “explore impactful and relevant topics” as Winfrey holds discussions with thought leaders and newsmakers from around the world. The series is being filmed […]

Idris Elba bites into Apple first-look deal

Idris Elba and his production company Green Door has signed a first-look deal with Apple. The actor, director and producer and his outfit will create global series and features for the company’s streaming service Apple TV+. Elba founded Green Door in 2013 and the production company has been behind projects including the comedy The Long […]

‘Fraggle Rock’ reboot headed to Apple

Apple has partnered with The Jim Henson Company to reboot the classic children’s ‘muppet’ series Fraggle Rock as a global Apple Original series for Apple TV+. Produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency, the series will reunite the original puppet (or rather, muppet) ‘stars’ – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Painting Covid-19’s impact by numbers

Lockdown might be the new normal for large swathes of the world’s population but its myriad effects on content-skewing companies – and their bottom lines – remain tough to pin down. Things are becoming clearer however, as quarterly results, viewing figures and strategy tweaks come into plainer view. Here are five key figures from the […]

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 […]

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