Apple execs are shopping for content at this week’s TIFF

Apple execs are shopping for content at this week’s TIFF

Variety is reporting that Apple’s video production execs, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, will head to the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Execs for the streaming giant “will arrive with checkbooks in hand as they look to make potential acquisitions that could fill out the content pipeline for the company’s still-under-wraps entertainment service,” the article adds.

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Apple scoops up ‘See’ world-building drama

Apple scoops up ‘See’ world-building drama

According to Deadline, Apple has landed the TV package, See with a straight-to-series order. A world-building drama set in the future, the project is written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2).

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‘Battlestar Galactica’ director working on a space drama for Apple’s entertainment division

‘Battlestar Galactica’ director working on a space drama for Apple’s entertainment division

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to a space drama from Ronald D. Moore, the developer of the second, acclaimed Battlestar Galactica TV series, reports Deadline. The untitled project hails from Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s studio-based Tall Ship Productions.

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Apple lures Hulu, Legendary execs to its growing entertainment team

Apple lures Hulu, Legendary execs to its growing entertainment team

Apple continues to expand its video team. The tech giant has hired two business affairs execs — Philip Matthys from Hulu and Jennifer Wang Grazier from Legendary Entertainment — for “key roles” on its expanding original entertainment team, reports Variety. 

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Another film pro joins Apple’s growing worldwide video unit

Another film pro joins Apple’s growing worldwide video unit

Michelle Lee, who has served as head of development for Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions, to join Apple’s worldwide video unit as a senior creative executive, according to Deadline

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Apple scoops up Amazon Studio exec to head international development of videos

Apple scoops up Amazon Studio exec to head international development of videos

Variety is reporting that Apple has hired Amazon Studios alum Morgan Wandell to lead Apple Video’s international development. He started at Amazon in 2013 and initially oversaw drama development before moving to an international marketing focus. 

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AWT News Update: September 27, 2017

AWT News Update: September 27, 2017

There's no business like show business at Apple, unless you're talking about privacy or opening retail stores. We talk about all three topics on today's edition of the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple's new content acquisition and video strategy team is apparently making the rounds of actors, producers and directors in Hollywood
  • Apple has updated its privacy pages to provide detailed and easy-to-understand information to existing and potential customers on how seriously the company take personal privacy
  • The first Apple retail store in Bangkok, Thailand may open as soon as next year
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‘WSJ’: Apple to spend about $1 billion to product original TV content

‘WSJ’: Apple to spend about $1 billion to product original TV content

Apple has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, and could acquire and produce as many as 10 television shows. The company has also hired Matt Cherniss, former president and general manager of WGN America, an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by Tribune Broadcasting.

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