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‘Masters Of The Air’: Nate Mann Joins Cast For ‘Band of Brothers’ Sequel At Apple
By Justin Kroll

Nate Mann is set to join the ensemble cast for Apple Studios’ Masters of the Air, from Playtone and Amblin Television. Austin Butler, Anthony Boyle and Callum Turner are already on board to star. The limited series, which will be produced by the companies, reunites Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman following their Emmy-winning work on Band of Brothers and The Pacific. In the series, which will make its global debut on Apple TV+, Boyle will play the lead role of Major Rosie’ Rosenthal.

Based on the book by Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air follows the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. The series is written by Band of Brothers alumnus John Orloff and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Graham Yost, who are also co-executive producing. Produced by Apple Studios, Spielberg will executive produce through Amblin Television alongside executive producers Hanks and Goetzman for Playtone.

Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and Playtone’s Steven Shareshian serve as co-executive producers. Alex Maggioni will oversee the day-to-day development of the project for Amblin alongside Spielberg, Frank and Falvey.

Masters of the Air is a follow-up to WWII miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010), which the producers made for HBO. Each won the Emmy for Best Limited Series; Band of Brothers won seven total Emmys in 20 nominations, while The Pacific won eight Emmys in 24 nominations. Masters of the Air began development at HBO but shook loose as the outlet was overhauled. Apple secured it quickly.

Best known for his role as young Ray Donovan in the most recent season of the hit Showtime drama, Mann was also recently tapped for one of the lead roles the untitled coming-of-age drama from Paul Thomas Anderson.

He is repped by Gersh and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

 

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The Oprah Conversation — Amanda Gorman “You Don’t Need A Forward” l Apple TV+

Foreword. I expect a little better quality control from Apple. (This all-too-common error is an editing pet peeve of mine.)

 

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Foreword. I expect a little better quality control from Apple. (This all-too-common error is an editing pet peeve of mine.)

I've seen a few videos posted lately that the text is questionable. I do not think they have any quality control before posting a video.
 

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Foreword. I expect a little better quality control from Apple. (This all-too-common error is an editing pet peeve of mine.)

How do you know that she isn't just talking about running a four guard and one center offense? It is NCAA tournament time after all. ;)
 

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‘Acapulco’: Enrique Arrizon, Damian Alcázar, Camila Perez & Raphael Alejandro Join Apple Comedy Series, Richard Shepard To Direct
By Alexandra Del Rosario

Enrique Arrizon (April’s Daughter), Damian Alcázar (Narcos), Camila Perez (Gotham) and Raphael Alejandro (How to Be A Latin Lover) are set to star opposite Eugenio Derbez in Acapulco, Apple TV+’s bilingual comedy series inspired by 3Pas Studios and Pantelion Films’ 2017 Derbez-starrer How To Be A Latin Lover. Veteran Richard Shepard has been tapped to direct the pilot episode for Lionsgate Television

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Apple TV+ Bolsters Unscripted Team With Erika Clarke & Colleen Grogan Hires
By Peter White

Former Spotify exec Erika Clarke and ex-Lifetime exec Colleen Grogan have joined Apple TV+ as the streamer ramps up its non-scripted efforts.

The two hires are the first U.S.-based unscripted executives hired by Molly Thompson since the A& IndieFilms founder Molly Thompson joined as Head of Documentaries and Unscripted in 2019.

Both join as Unscripted Creative Executives reporting to Thompson.

Clarke, who joined in January, was previously exec producer at Spotify Studios, where she co-ran the company’s podcast studio division. Before that, she spent ten years at MTV, part of the team behind Cribs, and was also a producer and director of shows such as The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past and CNN Heroes. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her work on White People, a documentary for MTV’s Look Different strand. She will be based in LA.

Grogan, who joined last September, was previously SVP of development for Breaking Amish producer Hot Snakes Media. Prior to that, she was VP of non-fiction for Lifetime, where she oversaw series including Bring It!, Coming Home and The Week The Women Went. She also exec produced short film Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. She is based in New York.

Apple’s slate of documentaries and unscripted series includes Boys State, Beastie Boys Story, Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry and upcoming The Supermodels from Imagine Documentaries and Barbara Kopple and Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground.

Last year, the company hired former BBC factual chief Alison Kirkham as unscripted chief in the UK, reporting to creative director of worldwide video Europe, Jay Hunt.

 

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Apple TV+ Launches Non-Fiction Podcast ‘The Line’ To Complement Doc Series
By Peter White

AppleTV+ has launched a non-fiction podcast series about a controversial war crimes story ahead of the premiere of a doc series.

The streamer is launching The Line, which tells the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who was charged with committing war crimes, before ultimately being acquitted on all but one count—for posing in a photo with a corpse.

The six-part audio series is hosted by Dan Taberski, host of the Missing Richard Simmons podcast. Its first two episodes launched today, April 6.

It will be followed by a four-part doc series premiering later this fall.

Both series will examine the complicated realities involved with fighting a decades-long war, stripping back the layers surrounding Gallagher’s alleged crimes.

The podcast employs exclusive investigative reporting, one-on-one interviews with Gallagher and his wife, and access to over 50 current and former special operators, giving listeners an inside understanding of the psychological toll on service members embroiled in ceaseless warfare, the secretive culture of the military’s most elite special operations units, and the struggle for justice in the fog of war.

It marks Apple’s latest move into original podcasts – despite being the biggest audio platform the company previously shied away from originals.

The Line podcast series is produced by Jigsaw Production and executive produced by Brad Hebert, Richard Perello, Stacey Offman, Joey Marra and Alex Gibney, in addition to Taberski. Lizzie Jacobs serves as producer.

The documentary series is also produced by Jigsaw and is directed by Jeffrey Zimbalist and executive produced by Gibney, Hebert, Perello and Offman, alongside Michael Zimbalist and Jeffrey Zimbalist from All Rise Films, with Doug Shultz as producer, and Whitney Johnson.

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Frank Dillane, Hayley Squires, Clémence Poésy, Jamael Westman Join ‘The Essex Serpent’ Apple Series
By Denise Petski

Frank Dillane (Fear the Walking Dead, The Girlfriend Experience), Hayley Squires (Adult Material, I, Daniel Blake), Clémence Poésy (Tenet, Genius) and Jamael Westman (Anne Boleyn, Animals), are set as leads opposite Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in the Apple TV+ drama series The Essex Serpent, adapted from Sarah Perry’s bestselling novel of the same name.

Written by Anna Symon and directed by Clio Barnard, The Essex Serpent follows newly widowed Cora (Danes) who, having being released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area.

Dillane will play Luke Garrett, a pioneering young surgeon. Some call him a genius, others a liability. He’s headstrong and ambitious, and he meets his intellectual match in Cora.

Squires will portray Martha, more than just a servant in Cora’s household, she’s a highly intelligent and fiery young socialist, and Cora’s closest confidante.

Poésy will play Stella Ransome, friendly, sympathetic and adored by her husband Will and children. A beautiful soul inside and out, she becomes a firm friend of Cora’s when she arrives in Aldwinter.

Westman is Dr George Spencer, Luke’s right hand man. An unexceptional surgeon he may be, but a kinder man you couldn’t hope to meet.

Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Patrick Walters, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman executive produce alongside Barnard and Symon. Andrea Cornwell will serve as producer. The series is produced by See-Saw Films.

Dillane is repped by Michelle Braidman Associates ltd. (UK) and WME (US). Squires is repped by B-Side in the UK and Management 360 in the U.S. Poésy is repped by United Agents. Westman is repped by Lara Beach at Curtis Brown UK.

 

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Jon Stewart Sets Title for Upcoming Current Affairs Series at Apple TV+
By Rebecca Iannucci

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Jon Stewart‘s forthcoming Apple TV+ series — but we do know what it will be called.

The current events-based show has officially been titled The Problem With Jon Stewart, the streaming service announced Wednesday.

As first reported last October, The Problem will be an hour-long series that takes an in-depth look at one topic per episode, including issues that are “currently part of the national conversation” and subjects relevant to Stewart’s advocacy work. Stewart will host and executive-produce the show, and each season will also feature a companion podcast that furthers the discussion on each topic.

The Problem — which will be the first project under Stewart’s multi-year deal with Apple TV+ — marks his first TV hosting gig since stepping down from The Daily Show in 2015. His iteration of the Comedy Central series, now hosted by Trevor Noah, picked up 20 Primetime Emmys over the years; since then, Stewart has largely focused on advocating for 9/11 first responders, though he’s also directed films and exec-produces The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he pops up on-screen occasionally.

A premiere date for The Problem is still TBD, but it’s expected to debut in Fall 2021.

 

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Tom Holland To Star In Apple Anthology Series ‘The Crowded Room’ From Akiva Goldsman & New Regency
By Peter White

Tom Holland is to tackle multiple personality disorder in a new anthology series for Apple TV+.

The Spider-Man star will play Billy Milligan, the first person ever acquitted of a crime because of multiple personality disorder, now known as dissociative identity disorder, in The Crowded Room.

The 10-part series comes from A Beautiful Mind’s Akiva Goldsman, who will write and exec produce. It will be produced by Birdman and 12 Years A Slave producer New Regency, which has been getting more into television series such as Jared Harris’ The Beast Must Die, and Apple Studios.

The Crowded Room is an anthology series that will explore the true and inspirational stories of those who have struggled, and learned to successfully live with, mental illness. The first season is inspired by Daniel Keyes’ biography The Minds of Billy Milligan.

It is Holland’s latest project for Apple, which recently premiered feature film Cherry.

Holland will exec produce alongside Goldsman, who will exec produce through his Weed Road Productions banner. The series will also be executive produced by Alexandra Milchan for EMJAG Productions and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer.

 

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Justin Timberlake At Center Of Apple Auction Win; He’ll Play ‘Gong Show’ Host/CIA Assassin Chuck Barris In Hourlong Series Project

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