Planet of the Apps


Propagate gains backing from The Raine Group

Indie studio Propagate Content has secured “significant” financial investment from merchant bank The Raine Group. Propagate looks to use the investment to accelerate the company’s growth globally through the launch of innovative new ventures and targeted acquisitions. The studio is looking to expand its worldwide production, distribution and digital businesses, including the formation of a […]

Apple confirms ex-C4 exec Jay Hunt as Euro chief

Tech giant Apple has confirmed the hire of former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt, news TBI first reported on earlier this month. She has been named European creative director of worldwide video, a role that will see her commissioning original content from Europe. Apple has committed US$1 billion to content in a bid to […]

Propagate snags Colombian formats for the US

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens indie Propagate will take Colombian shows into the US after inking a deal with Caracol, TBI has learned. Silverman has a pedigree of getting Latin American formats away in the US and internationally, having brought Ugly Betty from Colombia to English-language TV. The new deal will see him and the […]

Propagate taking international formats to the US

Propagate is taking a telenovela from Argentina and a Turkish dating format into the US, company bosses Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens have told TBI. The A+E-backed US prodco will work up a US version of the Telefe telenovela Educating Nina, in partnership with the US division of the Argentinian broadcaster. The series, about […]

Apple CEO claims ‘intense interest’ in TV, content

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he has an “intense interest” in television, and claimed there is “great opportunity” for the company to create and own content. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Cook also said that Apple is “open to acquisitions of any size that are of strategic value where we […]

Planet of the Apps goes to Lightspeed

Venture capital business Lightspeed has come on board Apple original series Planet of the Apps. The VC firm has committed US$10 million to fund development of the apps that come out of the series. Planet of the Apps will search for hot new app developers as they compete to create new digital businesses. The show is […]