The Sony guys just signed their 6th TV series for Apple

The list is chock-a-block with bold-face names.

In June, Apple hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, former co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, and armed them (reportedly) with a $1 billion war chest. Here's what the guys behind "Breaking Bad" and "The Crown" have signed so far:

  • Jan 25, 2018: Unnamed series directed by Damien Chazelle, Oscar-winning writer and director of “La La Land.” Produced by Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, also of "La La Land."
  • Jan. 17, 2018: Unnamed 10-episode series starring SNL veteran Kristen Wiig based on Curtis Sittenfeld's short story collection "You Think It, I'll Say It" and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine media company.
  • Jan. 3, 2018: "Are You Sleeping," a thriller drama series starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help," "Hidden Figures") written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman ("The Good Wife," "Justified") and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine.
  • Dec. 15, 2017: Unnamed space drama series written by Ronald D. Moore, creator of "Battlestar Gallactica" and produced by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi from "Fargo."
  • Nov. 8, 2017: Two-season morning TV drama series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston based on Brian Stelter's gossipy "Top of the Morning."
  • Oct. 10, 2017: A 10-episode revival of Steve Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" series. Bryan Fuller, whose credits include “Hannibal,” “American Gods” and “Heroes,” will serve as executive producer.

My take: Apple is buying the kind of prestige Hollywood likes to sell. Let's hope it makes good TV.


  1. Richard Wanderman said:
    I’m not hopeful. I’m still trying to process the Beats buy.

    January 26, 2018
  2. David Sauceda said:
    Just talking aloud here, but what’s up with the Reese Witherspoon connection?

    January 27, 2018
    • From today’s (1/27/18) NYT: From the Microsoft Theater stage in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, to swelling applause, Ms. Witherspoon spoke of how important it was to bring “women to the front of their own stories and make them the heroes of their own stories.” Not long after that night, she found herself in demand.

      “It opened a lot of doors for me,” Ms. Witherspoon said in an interview this past week. “People wanted to be in business with me as a producer in the TV space. My mission was to create television for other women, for other female storytellers that are actresses, other directors and other writers. I think it just clicked in people’s minds.”

      January 27, 2018

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