TBI Weekly: “Showtime” for Apple, but still a long road ahead for content

All signs lead to Apple making a big TV reveal on 25 March after the company sent invitations this week, but some say the tech giant has a long way to go before it becomes a fully-fledged Netflix competitor. News may have dropped that Apple is sending out invites for a star-studded event that will […]

Apple expected to unveil TV service on March 25

Apple has confirmed that it will hold an event on 25 March, where it’s expected to announce its new TV streaming offer. The company has placed an event invitation on its website with the tagline “It’s showtime”, leading many to speculate that it refers to the company’s upcoming TV streamer, for which the company has […]

Reports: Apple targets spring launch for video service

Apple is reportedly planning to launch its much-anticipated video streaming service this spring, offering original programming as well as subscription TV services from a range of partners. CNBC reported this week said that Apple is in the final stages of preparing its video service and is aiming to launch it in April or early May. […]

Inside UK drama’s tipping point

As 2019 kicks off with the anticipation of new drama-packed SVODs, Neal Street Productions co-founder Dame Pippa Harris tells Kaltrina Bylykbashi how the rise of streamers has left UK drama at a dangerous tipping point For Dame Pippa Harris, and her Neal Street Productions, which All3Media brought under its umbrella in 2015, there is much […]

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 […]