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13 items from 2017


‘Planet of the Apps’ Trailer: ‘Shark Tank’ Meets ‘The Voice’ in Apple’s First Original Show

14 February 2017 12:18 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Apple has released the trailer for its first ever original show, “Planet of the Apps.” The unscripted series highlights developers who make apps for iPhone users as they hope for their big break by having their ideas funded by the show.

Hosted by Zane Lowe, the series features actresses Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow, Grammy-winning musician will.i.am, and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk as advisers.

Read More: Will Smith, Shaq, Billy Eichner & More in Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with James Corden – Series Teaser

“In every episode, app developers work to earn millions of dollars in venture capital investment. It begins with a pitch to four of the world’s most culturally influential entrepreneurs,” says the trailer.

In the spirit of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” participating developers will have 60 seconds to get advisers interested in their app idea. Also taking a cue from “The Voice,” those picked will work hand-in-hand with »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Planet of the Apps’ Trailer: ‘Shark Tank’ Meets ‘The Voice’ in Apple’s First Original Show

14 February 2017 12:18 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Apple has released the trailer for its first ever original show, “Planet of the Apps.” The unscripted series highlights developers who make apps for iPhone users as they hope for their big break by having their ideas funded by the show.

Hosted by Zane Lowe, the series features actresses Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow, Grammy-winning musician will.i.am, and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk as advisers.

Read More: Will Smith, Shaq, Billy Eichner & More in Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with James Corden – Series Teaser

“In every episode, app developers work to earn millions of dollars in venture capital investment. It begins with a pitch to four of the world’s most culturally influential entrepreneurs,” says the trailer.

In the spirit of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” participating developers will have 60 seconds to get advisers interested in their app idea. Also taking a cue from “The Voice,” those picked will work hand-in-hand with »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Apple Music Unveils Its First TV Series, Reveals Spring Launch Plans

13 February 2017 9:48 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Apple offered the first glimpse of the future of series-tv programming on Apple Music at the Recode Media conference, where trailers for its first two series unspooled along with perhaps the most in-depth commentary the man introducing them, content czar Eddy Cue, has yet to share about his employer’s plans in the entertainment business.

Cue was joined by veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, producer of one of the two series, “Planet of the Apps.” “The Late Late Show with James Corden” producer Ben Winston also came on stage midway through the conversation to discuss the other project, a series version of the “Carpool Karaoke” segment from their CBS show.

Footage of both unscripted series was unveiled, as was plans for a spring launch date. “Karaoke” will premiere in April, Cue revealed, while no specific date within the spring was offered for “Planet.”

But as much attention as the series got here in Laguna Niguel, even »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Propagate Launches International Division Headed by Cyrus Farrokh

17 January 2017 10:16 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Global indie studio Propagate is launching its international distribution business to be helmed by global sales executive Cyrus Farrokh.

As president of the international division, Farrokh will continue to cultivate international relationships in his role. The international division will also manage content acquisitions and distribution, as well as format development and sales.

Farrokh joins Propagate from Electus International, where he was most recently senior vice president and head of sales.  At Electus, he was responsible for the company’s first production/format deals in China, including a local series of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” premiering later this month on Dragon TV. Farrokh also brought the format “Bet on Your Baby” to China, where the local version aired for two seasons on state broadcaster CCTV1.

Propagate launched in 2015 as an A&E-backed venture headed by Howard T. Owens and David McKillop, bringing on Ben Silverman as co-ceo in 2016. It now has 12 series in production and has sold »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Propagate Launches International Division Led by Cyrus Farrokh

17 January 2017 8:32 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Global indie studio Propagate is launching its international distribution business to be helmed by global sales executive Cyrus Farrokh, chairman and co-ceo Ben Silverman and co-ceo Howard T. Owens announced Tuesday. Supporting Farrokh on the international team are Propagate executives Jay Weisleder, who will be focusing on Latin America and Spanish-speaking territories and Jimmy McNider, who will focus on European territories. Linh Le continues to focus on global business development. A seasoned sales and acquisitions executive, Farrokh joins Propagate from Electus International where he most recently served as sr. vice president, head of sales. In this role, he managed content sales and. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Ben Silverman & Howard T. Owens’ Propagate Launches International Distribution Unit Headed By Cyrus Farrokh

17 January 2017 12:48 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’s independent TV studio Propagate has launched an international distribution division to be led by veteran sales and acquisitions executive Cyrus Farrokh who will serve as president. He comes from another indie TV company, Electus, which was founded by Silverman who served as chairman for seven years until leaving 10 months ago to join Propagate. Farrokh also previously worked with Owens at Shine America. Under Farrokh, the international… »

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Lifetime Sets New Timbaland Pop Show, Jason Biggs Game Show, Greg Berlanti Thriller

13 January 2017 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lifetime is stepping up its 2017 slate: booking a pop music series starring Timbaland, ordering a game show from Jason Biggs, and developing a thriller from uber-producer Greg Berlanti.

The announcements were made at the network’s session Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

On the scripted side, Lifetime is developing the psychological thriller “You,” based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, to be written by executive producers Berlanti and Sera Gamble (“The Magicians”).

“You” revolves around an obsessive, brilliant twenty-something who uses the hyper connectivity of today’s technology to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. Berlanti, Gamble, Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo are executive producers. “You” hails from Berlanti Productions, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Television.

“The Pop Game,” premiering Feb. 21, is a follow-up to “The Rap Game.” The series follows Timbaland as he works with five aspiring young vocal artists »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Apple Plotting ‘Significant’ Push Into Scripted TV Shows, Movies (Report)

12 January 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Apple wants to stocks its music-subscription service with original scripted TV shows and potentially movies, seeking to become a bigger Hollywood player, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Variety first reported Apple’s interest in moving into original programming in 2015. Apple is now looking to bring shows with the caliber of HBO’s “Westworld” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” to Apple Music by the end of 2017, according to the Journal.

The company has already cut deals for some original video content for Apple Music, its $10 monthly service that competes with the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music. Apple’s programming slate includes a deal with CBS for a 16-episode spinoff of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke,” as well as a scripted show from Beats founder Dr. Dre.

The WSJ report did not include details about what shows or genres Apple is looking at, and said the company’s interest in movies was “more preliminary.” The »

- Todd Spangler

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Apple Plotting ‘Significant’ Push Into Scripted TV Shows, Movies (Report)

12 January 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Apple wants to stocks its music-subscription service with original scripted TV shows and potentially movies, seeking to become a bigger Hollywood player, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Variety first reported Apple’s interest in moving into original programming in 2015. Apple is now looking to bring shows with the caliber of HBO’s “Westworld” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” to Apple Music by the end of 2017, according to the Journal.

The company has already cut deals for some original video content for Apple Music, its $10 monthly service that competes with the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music. Apple’s programming slate includes a deal with CBS for a 16-episode spinoff of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke,” as well as a scripted show from Beats founder Dr. Dre.

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Apple CEO: Producing and Owning Original Content Is ‘Great Opportunity for Us’

The WSJ report did not include details about what shows »

- Todd Spangler

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The CW Is Planning A Charmed Prequel Series

6 January 2017 3:55 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Television audiences should prepare themselves to be bewitched once more, as The CW is reportedly bringing a long-gestating Charmed prequel to its schedule at an as-yet undisclosed point in the future. While the original series featured a contemporary setting, the prequel show will be set in 1976, and will possibly dispense with the familial connections between the main characters, in favour of a ‘found family’ situation.

The original Charmed ran for eight seasons, from 1998 to 2006, on The WB. Its first three seasons starred Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Shannen Doherty as the Halliwell sisters – a trio of sibling witches who found themselves fighting evil in their town, while wearing remarkable outfits. By the fourth season, Doherty (and her character) left the series, and was replaced in the cast by Rose McGowan, as a new member of the top-lining trio. Charmed was created by Constance M. Burge, and was an Aaron Spelling production. »

- Sarah Myles

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The CW Looking to Conjure Up a 1970s-Set Charmed Series

5 January 2017 11:53 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Could the "Power of Three" be reignited? Fans of Charmed might be pleased (or very displeased) to hear that a reimagining of the late ’90s/early 2000s series is in the works at The CW.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Charmed reboot from CBS Television Studios has received a "script commitment," with Jane the Virgin scribes Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin on board to pen the pilot episode.

Official plot details are being kept under wraps right now, but the reboot will take place in 1976 and have some kind of a link to the original series that aired from 1998–2006 on The WB.

The showrunner of Jane the Virgin, Jennie Snyder Urman, is set to executive produce the pilot (and likely the series if it moves forward) along with Ben Silverman and Brad Silberling, with the latter also slated to direct the pilot episode.

Created by Constance M. Burge, the »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Charmed’ Revival in Development at CW From ‘Jane the Virgin’ Creator

5 January 2017 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CW is looking to bring back “Charmed.”

The network is developing a revival of the original series that hails from “Jane the Virgin” creator Jennie Urman, Variety has learned.

Charmed” ran for eight seasons on the WB (now the CW) from 1998 to 2006. The series starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan as three sisters, known as the Charmed Ones, who use their witchcraft to fight off forces of evil. The show was produced by Aaron Spelling.

CW has not released much info on the new take of “Charmed,” other than it being a re-imagining of the original TV series set in 1976.

Urman is penning the project with writing duo Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, who work with her on “Jane the Virgin.” Urman, O’Toole, and Rardin will serve as executive producers, along with Ben Silverman of Propagate Content and Brad Silberling, who will also serve as director. CBS Television Studios »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Charmed’ Reboot Series In Works At the CW From ‘Jane the Virgin’ Team

5 January 2017 10:45 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The CW is looking to bring back one of the signature drama on predecessor the WB. The network has ordered a script for Charmed, a reimagining of the original Aaron Spelling series set in 1976. The reboot hails from the team behind the CW’s dramedy Jane the Virgin — Jane creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, executive producer Ben Silverman, writers/co-executive producers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin, the pilot’s director Brad Silberling and studio CBS TV… »

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