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Apple wants to make original movie and TV programming, reports Variety

Tim Cook. Image: Reuters


Tim Cook. Image: Reuters

Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business, reports Variety. “An Apple representative declined comment,” but you knew that was coming. If the report is accurate, it makes sense that the most valuable company in the world​ wants to go head-to-head with Amazon​ and Netflix​ on streamable original video content.

From Variety:

Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif., colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.

[...]The scale of Apple’s ambitions vary depending on whom is asked, but one high-level executive who talked with the company said the goal is to create development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content to stream in a bid to compete with Netflix. Apple is hoping to put a headhunting firm on those hires in the coming months, according to source, with the goal of being in operation next year. Unknown is whether the focus is on TV series, movies — or both.

Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE) [variety.com]

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Dr. Dre

Seriously. This history of Dr. Dre is WONDERFUL.

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The nerd types something really fast on the keyboard. A rotating Necker cube appears on the green monochrome monitor. SECTOR-INFILTRATE SEQUENCE INITIATED. We see rapidly scrolling strings of hexadecimals reflected in the nerd's wireframe glasses.

YES!


“YES! We're in.”

They stop scrolling, and begin to disintegrate, and are replaced by a jolly roger. "HA HA HA!" it says, lower jaw cycling.

"We're in," says the nerd, grinning. "How did you do that!?" interrobangs the cool person. Enjoy this supercut of computer hacking scenes from the 1980s.

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