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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 wants viewers to See original epic drama

In its latest push for originals, Apple has ordered an epic futuristic drama written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight (pictured). See will be directed by The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, according to Deadline, which first reported the story. The drama will arrive from the joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavour Content. See will […]

Apple heads for Home with original docuseries

Apple has gone straight-to-series on a ten-part docuseries about boundary-pushing home builds. Home will take viewers into some of the world’s most imaginative homes and look at the characters behind the people that built them. Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser’s Altimeter Films is coproducing with Time Inc. Productions, Media Weaver Entertainment and musicals director Matthew […]

Apple adds second Witherspoon scripted original

Apple’s push into original scripted television has continued by putting a second series from Reese Witherspoon into development. Are You Sleeping is billed as a thriller drama series from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine prodco. Octavia Spencer (The Help) will star, with Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) the writer and creator. The series is based on […]

Apple could buy Netflix – Citi analysts

The chances of tech giant Apple buying Netflix this year stand at around 40%, according to Citi analysts. Apple, which looks set to become the first US$1tn business, is set to repatriate around US$220 billion following US President Donald Trump’s corporation tax cut. Apple is believed to have more than US$250 billion to fund acquisitions. […]

Ovum: Amazon to make more video revenue than Netflix in 2018

Amazon will overtake Netflix to generate more over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in 2018 thanks to its “growing array of ways to pay for video,” according to Ovum predictions. The research firm said that Amazon’s combination of subscriptions, digital rentals, electronic sell-through and bundles of TV apps will see it generate US$5.8 billion in video-related revenue […]

Apple builds worldwide content team with True Jack hire

Apple has hired Michelle Lee, who served as head of development for Jason Katim’s True Jack productions, as a senior creative executive for its worldwide video unit. Lee will report to Apple head of development Matt Cherniss and take up the role in January 2018. In her new role the programming exec will oversee the […]

‘FAANG effect’ creating UK production shortages

Research by Creative Skillset (CS), the industry skills body for the screen-based creative industries in the UK, shows that the boom in quality television caused by FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) may lead to a production talent shortage. While the UK production sector is enjoying a boom, driven by recent SVOD demand and […]

GroupM: young will ‘erode TV viewing’ as they age

Growing older no longer increases television viewing time, according to GroupM’s ‘The State of Video’ report. The WPP-owned advertising media giant calculated that Generation Y (those born between the early 1980s and mid-90s) and Generation Z (birthdates roughly between 1995-2014) will “erode viewing” to the equivalent of about one percentage point a year over the […]

Apple sets first official drama series

Apple has officially signed off on its first drama series, the long gestating scripted series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston (pictured). The show will follow the staff and stars of a morning TV show in the States, and Apple has given it a straight-to-series, two-season order comprising 20 episodes. Reports in the US describe […]

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