How can a music service better compete with Spotify? Apple’s proposed solution, according to a new Wall Street Journal report: Add a dash of Netflix. The Journal reports that Apple is planning to bring original scripted series and movies to the $10-per-month Apple Music service. The tech giant has already reportedly spoken with Hollywood producers about acquiring content. Apple Music has previously taken small steps in this direction, last year acquiring a half-hour series based on the The Late Late Show with James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segments. Of course, that acquisition was music-related, kind of. But according to the Journal, Apple Music is now seeking shows along the lines of HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s Stranger Things. So if you’re a production company, why partner with Apple instead of Netflix? Apple’s pitch is, reportedly, a powerful one: The company will share data about how many people are watching the content. Other streamers tend to keep that info close to the vest, which has never made content creators particularly happy. Ultimately, Apple’s goal isn’t to spend zillions of dollars on content like Netflix and Amazon, the Journal reports; rather, Apple is trying to add just enough content to set its music service apart from Spotify, which currently has 40 million subs to Apple Music’s 20 million.
The Stand, CBS All Access’ television adaptation of the storied 1978 Stephen King novel, will debut December 17. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo and Amber Heard, the limited series unfolds around King’s apocalyptic struggle between good and evil after a plague destroys most of the country. Ben Cavell serves […]
Get ready cats and kittens. Joe Exotic (working title), UCP’s limited series starring and exec-produced by Kate McKinnon, scored a straight-to-series order by both the NBCU television and streaming divisions. In an unprecedented move, project will roll out across broadcast net NBC, streamer Peacock, and a basic cable net USA. Series is based on the […]
Dennis Quaid is the cat’s meow. He’s partnering with ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures for unscripted TV project Saving Dennis Quaid, which he’ll star in and exec produce. Project documents the animal lover’s recent headline-making pet rescue where he and partner Jimmy Jellinek set out on a mission to adopt a 6-year-old black cat from Lynchburg, […]
Big news at Turner Sports, as the company lands a multiyear extension of its partnership with Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq’s expanded role gains the Basketball Hall of Famer more airtime, including on TNT’s Inside the NBA and NBA on TNT, as well as contributions to NBA.com. He also will develop projects throughout the WarnerMedia portfolio including […]
The 74th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will go on, presented digitally sometime in the fall. Date and platform are TBA. The event had originally been scheduled for June 7, but was replaced by plans for a streaming special on the same date due to COVID-19. That special was postponed amid unrest over the George Floyd […]