Apple has purchased the global rights to documentary The Queen Elephant, according to Deadline. This film is about an elephant clan led by Athena. That’s her with the giant tusks. 😍 The documentary was filmed by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble, who spent years with Athena’s family, as she coped with a drought. It sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see it. Apple hasn’t said when it will be released, but one might imagine it will be part of whatever original streaming service the company has been cooking up for the last few years.
Amazon has encountered problems as it began broadcasting the US Open tennis tournament. Premier League fans will be worried.
The title role will be played by Hailee Steinfeld, with Jane Krakowski playing her mother, Mrs. Dickinson.
Apple has ordered a scripted comedy from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, co-stars and co-executive producers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
In this age of different devices and platforms, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the lack of consistency in Apple’s interfaces compared to the days when “Apple” meant “Mac.” They also go over some listener feedback (read criticism) about their rant last week on Apple’s storage pricing for new MacBook Pro models. Lastly, they discuss whether not Walmart can make a go in the streaming video market, and how that might actually work.
Bryan Chaffin argues that a streaming service without original content is no competition for Netflix, Amazon, or any of the other services.
Facebook has a scary new patent application that Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet say “is so Zuck.” They also talk about how Apple might position and price its streaming original content, and there are a lot of possibilities. Plus, Apple’s long-running patent fight with Samsung is over. What does that really mean?
Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon is more than a year away from completing the film, and Apple is talks to purchase the rights.
Ms. Eskridge joins Apple with the title Creative Executive reporting to Matt Cherniss, Head of Development for Worldwide Video.
Deadline reported that Ms. Trussell will start in March, and will oversee production issues for Apple’s original shows.
Apple just signed its third scripted TV show, and it’s a SciFi space drama being developed by Ronald D. Moore.
From 2012 until now, Ms. Lee was producing partner to Emmy-winning writer and showrunner Jason Katims at Universal Television-based True Jack Productions.