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Apple taps Universal TV’s Jason Katims for overall deal

Roswell creator Jason Katims is to depart Universal TV for a multi-year overall deal with Apple. Katims’ current deal with Universal TV expires this summer when he will make the move to Apple, along with his True Jack productions banner. He is the creator of a string of hit titles including Parenthood, Roswell, About a […]

Tim Cook says Apple will launch new services this year

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company will launch new services this year, fuelling speculation that an Apple television offering is on the horizon. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Cook said “you will see us announce new services this year, there will more things coming.” While Cook didn’t go into specifics, he […]

Sports streamer DAZN hires Apple exec for distribution

Sports streaming service DAZN has hired Apple’s commercial director for international services, Ben King, as SVP of global distribution and business development. King has worked for Apple for 12 years. In his most recent role as international commercial chief, he had responsibility for business insights, business development, strategic partnerships and content licensing outside the US […]

Apple strikes TV deal with Fast and the Furious director

Apple has struck an overall TV deal with Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin and his production banner. The exec’s Perfect Storm Entertainment has linked with the digital giant in an exclusive pact. Lin was previously with Sony Pictures TV for six years, during which time he oversaw CBS dramas Scorpion, S.W.A.T. and a […]

Apple strikes deal with DHX Media for Peanuts content

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media for new Peanuts content including new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang. One project for Apple will include an exclusive short-form piece aimed at getting kids into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. It will feature Snoopy as an astronaut […]

Apple appoints Sony exec as casting head

Apple has appointed Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Tamara Hunter to head up casting for its growing entertainment business. Hunter, who spent two years at Sony, will oversee film and TV projects for Apple. She will report to Sony Pictures Television alum Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The casting chief has worked on major Hollywood hits […]

Apple to roll out TV streamer globally

Apple is set to launch its TV streaming service globally in 2019, according to reports. The tech giant will launch its upcoming TV subscription service in 100 territories, according to The Information. It will first launch the service in the US in the first half of 2019 and roll it out globally in following months, […]

Exclusive: Netflix, Apple circle tech-led kids programming

Netflix and Apple are circling tech-led children’s programming, and are believed to be eyeing a hybrid live-action animation show that personalises cartoons for children. TBI understands that the SVOD giants have been eyeing a Belgian producer Contentinuum’s PaperMan and Machegirl Smash The Holograms – a project that was recently pitched at last week’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix starts seeing the Apple effect

This week, Netflix started showing signs of stress from upcoming streaming competitors. On Wednesday Netflix shares were down by 6.2% by market cap. This was after a note was shared by Morgan Stanley revealing its positive predictions for Apple’s upcoming video streaming service. The note stated that Apple’s upcoming service may be priced at a […]

Apple orders comedy from It’s Always Sunny duo

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to a half-hour comedy by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia duo Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day. The comedy is set in a video game development studio and explores the intricacies of the human condition in the hub. The untitled series is written by McElhenney and Day and signifies the […]

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