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Apple Strikes Deal With Spielberg’s Amblin for ‘Amazing Stories’ Reboot - WSJ
Director’s Amblin Television, NBCUniversal TV production unit to make new episodes of sci-fi series from the 1980s
Apple Inc. AAPL -0.09% is betting on acclaimed director and producer Steven Spielberg for its first major foray into creating original video content.
The tech giant has struck a deal with Mr. Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Universal Television, a unit of Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA -0.23% NBCUniversal, to make new episodes of “Amazing Stories,” a science fiction and horror anthology series that ran on NBC in the 1980s.
The agreement between Apple, Amblin and Universal Television calls for 10 episodes of “Amazing Stories.” Mr. Spielberg will likely be an executive producer for new the version of the show, which he created, people familiar with the matter said.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: WSJ: 'Apple Strikes Deal With Spielberg’s Amblin for "Amazing Stories" Reboot'
I said on my podcast a few episodes ago that we shouldn’t judge the future potential of Apple’s original content based on Planet of the Apps or Carpool Karaoke. Those shows are Apple dipping its toes in the water. This is diving in head first.
I absolutely loved Amazing Stories as a kid — one of my very favorite shows from the ’80s. I expect nothing short of greatness from a reboot.
(Here’s a t.co link that should get you through the Journal’s paywall.)
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Ten burning questions about Apple's forthcoming video service - Six Colors
Apple’s made its first major TV acquisition, as the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that it’s got a deal with Steven Spielberg and Universal to make a new “Amazing Stories.” This wasn’t an unexpected development, and I wrote a story about the deal yesterday that you should check out.
But even with all that (virtual) ink spilled, there’s still a whole lot more to ponder here. So let me present my current list of unanswered questions about Apple’s foray into video programming.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Apple inks deal with Spielberg for first show, cuts ties to Weinstein amid sex scandal | iLounge News
Apple has made a deal with Steven Spielberg, Amblin Television, and Universal Television to make new episodes of “Amazing Stories,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The popular sci-fi/horror series ran on NBC in the ‘80s, and sources familiar with the discussions said Apple will be creating 10 new episodes at a price tag of over $5 million each. One executive involved in the project said that level of spending is on par with higher-end shows currently being produced by HBO and Netflix, so Apple is betting heavily on its first jump into original programming.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories’ is just the first of Apple’s major TV deals | Macworld
It was inevitable that Apple would begin signing big-name talent and major franchises to its forthcoming push into original video. Inevitable from the moment it hired two respected television industry executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.
Under Eddy Cue, Apple was able to experiment with shows like Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. But Van Amburg and Erlicht spent years at Sony developing prestige, big-budget scripted programming—and they were not hired at Apple to do anything else. The only question was which big name would be the first to sign a big-money deal to develop programming specifically for Apple.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Apple—not a network or streaming giant—nabs a Spielberg TV series reboot | Ars Technica
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) will reboot obscure 80s anthology, Amazing Stories.
Hollywood reboots are nothing new these days. In fact, they're so common that even a reboot of an oddball cult-classic barely turns heads (Twin Peaks shows that formula can succeed, right?). And anything from the back catalogue of an iconic creator like Steven Spielberg may be continually ripe for revisiting. Just this summer, Amblin Entertainment confirmed Spielberg's involvement with a new Animaniacs series, for instance.
So at first blush, Deadline detailing today that Spielberg's Amazing Stories (an anthology series that aired on NBC in the mid-'80s) is being explored for modern audiences seems ho-hum. But it's not NBC (which has an existing partnership with Amblin) or streaming contenders like Netflix and Amazon reportedly close to a deal—it's Apple.
"We love being at the forefront of Apple's investment in scripted programming," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told the site. "And I can't think of a better property than Spielberg's beloved Amazing Stories franchise."
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Steven Spielberg signs content deal with Apple, will revive Amazing Stories | Consequence of Sound
Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller will oversee the redevelopment of the property, which arrives at a perfect moment in a world dominated by IT and Stranger Things
With all of the clout and the infrastructure it has, it was really only just a matter of time until Apple opted to join the great content-sharing arms race of the ’10s. And, in true Apple fashion, the monolithic company is looking to make its streaming service debut by breaking out some of the heaviest possible hitters.
News has emerged today that Apple will be picking up the option on Steven Spielberg’s upcoming reboot of his mid-’80s anthology series Amazing Stories, to run as an ongoing series at a to-be-determined point in the near future. As confirmed in a statement from Apple, Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller will oversee the redevelopment of the property, which arrives at a perfect moment in a world dominated by IT and Stranger Things and all ’80s nostalgia in general. Spielberg will once again oversee the reportedly 10-episode project as a producer, with Apple releasing the series as part of its debut in what’s rapidly becoming a crowded streaming field.
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4 days ago by rgl7194

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