The show has been ordered in a straight-to-series deal for two seasons, bypassing the pilot stage entirely.
It has been clear for a while that Apple is becoming a key player in original content, and its hire of Jay Hunt from the UK’s Channel 4 means it has the right team in place.
According to Variety, Mr. Wandell will be, “developing big-ticket productions that can travel well around the world.”
Apple and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Universal Television have struck a deal for a reboot of Mr. Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will pay “significantly” more than $5 million per episode for the series in a deal for 10 episodes. The show, which was created by Steven Spielberg and originally ran in the 1980s, will include Mr. Spielberg as executive producer. It’s a significant investment for Apple, which is looking to develop a stable of high-end flagship programming that will bring viewers to its Apple Music service. The Wall Street Journal noted that Apple hired Sony Corp.’s top Hollywood television executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht earlier this year.
Apple continues to pillage Sony Pictures Television for its own TV efforts by hiring three more veterans. Another WGN America veteran just joined Apple’s team, too.
Matt Cherniss, the former president of WGN America, just joined Apple as the company’s head of U.S. programming for Apple Music.
John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet today to talk about Apple Music’s new executives in charge of original TV content, plus they look at how the iPad is holding up in the education market.
Apple brings two TV programming big hitters on board for Apple Music’s original content.