It looks like Apple is approaching its TV push with a family-friendly philosophy. Back in April, the tech giant delayed the launch of its Carpool Karaoke series by several months. Nobody knew why at the time, but according to a new story from Bloomberg, it all had to do with profanity and anatomical references: CEO Tim Cook ordered his deputies to remove edgy subject matter before the show could be released. And according to the report, that’s the approach Apple plans to take as it starts rolling out new comedies and dramas: Content will be appropriate for families and younger viewers – suitable for anyone who walks into an Apple store or turns on an Apple device. According to Bloomberg, Apple hopes to have a small slate of original shows prepped for release in 2019. The company will reportedly spent $1 billion on shows over the next year, and plans to hire a staff of about 70 development execs, marketers, and publicists.
Rotten Tomatoes has spent years aggregating critical reviews of other people’s movies and TV shows; now it’s making a show of its own. The site is set to launch Rotten Tomatoes See It/Skip It, a new weekly series that will run on Facebook’s Watch platform. The show will be hosted by entertainment commentator Segun Oduolowu and Black Girl Nerds film critic Jacqueline Coley. Coley and Oduolowu will discuss their opinions on upcoming shows and movies. They’ll also talk about recent entertainment news, and will solicit reactions from Facebook users. In addition, the co-hosts will unveil a “Tomatometer” score for new movie or show at the end of every episode. Rotten Tomatoes See It/Skip It premieres November 1. Subsequent episodes will debut on Thursdays at 12:01 AM. Rotten Tomatoes is majority-owned by NBCU’s Fandango.
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Instagram has introduced Superzoom, a new camera feature. If you’re familiar with the “Dramatic Chipmunk” meme, you’ll recognize Superzoom: The camera zooms in on a user’s face, complete with dramatic sound effects. It’s now available for both iOS and Android devices.
Bloomberg Media has laid off at least 11 staffers from its Bloomberg Media Distribution division, according to a new report from Digiday. The unit, which previously had about 50 employees, focuses on distribution deals for Bloomberg’s video, text, data, and photo content. “We recently made some changes in our organization to bring media distribution and digital together under one group,” said a Bloomberg Media spokesperson, “directing our resources towards digital and other areas of growth.”
Crowd-funding platform GoFundMe has launched GoFundMe Studios, a new video-production unit. GoFundMe Studios will create short-form docs, podcasts, and even feature-length films. Former GoPro exec Wil Tidman will head up the unit, serving as Executive Producer. Filmmaker and commercial director Chris Neil has also been brought on as an Executive Producer.
DramaFever, a streaming service focused on East Asian (especially Korean) television, was acquired by a major media company last year. Which one? (Email email@example.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
Which music and TV star plays the character of Lennie Dale, opposite Woody Allen, in the Amazon original series Crisis in Six Scenes? Answer: Miley Cyrus. Kudos to Andrew Bellamy-Producers Guild of America/NY, Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Len Appel-Branded Entertainment Network/NY, Jerry Kapner-Kapner Group/NJ, Sheena Das-Disney ABC/NY, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA-Federal Credit Union/CA, Linda Porto-CLGR Communications/NY, Lorrie Shilling/CA, and Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/ASI/TX