Apple aiming original TV series launches for spring or summer 2019

“Apple’s new venture has taken the company far from its Silicon Valley comfort zone and thrust it into alien territory: Hollywood,” John Koblin reports for The New York Times. “Or, to be more precise: Culver City, Calif., the former home city of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where Apple is building a new 128,000-square-foot headquarters for its entertainment division.”

“Apple’s plans to make itself into a big player in the entertainment industry are now coming into focus. In recent months, the company has outspent Facebook and YouTube — two other tech companies that have also taken steps into original programming — as well as the traditional TV studios.,” Koblin reports. “Since October, Apple has made deals for 12 projects, nine of them ‘straight-to-series’ orders — an aggressive method of creating new programming that skips the pilot-episode stage.”

“When Apple began courting producers last year, it said it had a budget of about $1 billion to work with. Now it is becoming clear that the company will blow well past that figure,” Koblin reports. “Perhaps more meaningful, though, is that Apple’s strong brand name and its willingness to write big checks have quickly made it a top draw for show creators and stars.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

Those who can wrap their heads around Apple’s massive cash mountain and the company’s unparalleled ability to generate cash can clearly see who the winner will be. The most talented producers, writers, directors, editors, actors, etc. are attracted to exactly what Apple has and makes in vast abundance: Cash. The king.

Like bears to honey, it’s happening already.MacDailyNews, January 3, 2018

“Producers and entertainment executives who have met recently with Apple executives said the company has been leaning toward programming in keeping with its bright, optimistic brand identity,” Koblin reports. “In other words, it seems possible that Apple will shy away from projects that are gratuitously dark or heavy on social issues.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

There will be a market for content that Apple will not want to put their name on. The also-rans that survive will do so by becoming the “skinamax” of the content streamers or by narrowly specializing and sharply focusing their branding.MacDailyNews, January 3, 2018

Koblin reports, “They added that the company was targeting somewhere between March 2019 and the summer of that year to roll out its slate of new programming.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Can’t wait!

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  1. MDN take: “… Cash. The king.”
    Respectfully, and understanding that you meant this in a specific context (I”d like to address the wider context of this reality). I would agree that much of the world bows the knee to this old tyrant, but the service of money above all is not the producer of good things in the long run. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, once wrote “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Certainly, much of the evil that people perpetrate on others and the world around us is for the sake of gaining more money, thinking that obtaining it will bring happiness. The type of happiness within money’s power is shallow and temporary, and ultimately unsatisfying. It is a hard task master. The King of kings said, “A person’s life does not consist in the things they possess,” and “What does it profit someone if they gain the whole world and lose their own soul?” The richest monetarily in the world are not the happiest. There are souls in the world who are among the poorest, but who are filled with joy, not because of their poverty, but because they have discovered the one great treasure that only can satisfy the human heart.

    I know, awfully heavy for a comment on so little a phrase. It’s just that seeing and thinking about the wider implications of the phrase “Cash. The king.” saddened me, and I wanted to say something. As there are so many political opinions allowed in the comments of MDN’s articles (even if commenters do not alway treat with mutual respect other persons with whom they may disagree), I hope this comment which so many will likely disagree with, can stand.

      1. Good point and clarification. My comment sought to recognize that I was widening the statement to a larger context than you used it (no accusation was being levelled at MDN) – I was just remarking on the sadness of this reality and its affect upon us and the world we live in.
        Best wishes.

  2. Shhhhh.

    Last week I started padding my portfolio with more Apple and Disney stock. Friday was such a wonderful day to be a buyer.

    I already own some NFLX because they are the current online streaming champ and should continue to do well this year. However, next year there will be two new contenders in the ring and the beatings will begin.

    It’s a pretty safe bet when you bet on all the players. It’s not like streaming online content will be going away anytime soon.

  3. The ship has sailed Pixar and Marvel are owned by Disney, Apple as the new fool in Hollywood will just lose money, Apple as a content company means in time one audio/video format for all Mac’s, iPhone’s, and iPad’s, the future is Cue-less.

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