'American Gods' media group in talks with Apple for video content

Posted:
in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV
RTL Group, a media firm with shows like "American Gods" and "My Brilliant Friend" under its wing, is reportedly in talks with Apple about streaming video content.

American Gods


"Discussions with new OTT plarforms such as Apple are also being held so the range of activities continues to expand," said CEO Bert Habets according to Deadline. He didn't offer any more details, but RTL is developing at least 35 new scripted projects, some of which Apple could theoretically tap into.

RTL's Fremantle -- which produces "American Gods" for Starz -- is now also said to be part of a "video-on-demand working group" with major broadcasters, the aim being high-profile dramas.

Apple is poised to reveal its streaming platform at a March 25 press event. It already has a plethora of original TV shows and movies in the works, though few of these may be ready at launch, leaving Apple dependent on sales of outside services. In fact the company is allegedly racing to sign networks like HBO, Showtime, and Starz ahead of a March 15 deadline.

The March 25 event could feature celebrity cameos such as J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Garner, and Steve Carrell. It's uncertain when the service itself will launch, though some rumors have put that as late as summer or fall.

In the long term Apple is believed to be seeking "tentpole" shows that can sustain a paid subscription. That could be difficult, since Apple executives including CEO Tim Cook are allegedly using a heavy hand in ongoing projects, demanding family-friendly and pro-technology stories.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    FolioFolio Posts: 557member
    No surprise they wish to reach Apple demographic which in size dwarfs that of Netflix and Amazon Prime combined, by 2x or 3x. I'll be interested in March or June how the "left page" (that is Apple suggestions) will change. That page will gain in significance w push for services. Five years from now, if not sooner, as ads become better tailored, might see them appear on that page too. Its a balancing act of concern to every user and investor.
    AppleExposed
  • Reply 2 of 3
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,131member
    Since Disney pulled Daredevil and the Punisher from Netflix, surely they won’t be able to offer either show on Disney+, so Apple should make them a deal they can’t refuse.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 3
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,865member
    Since Disney pulled Daredevil and the Punisher from Netflix, surely they won’t be able to offer either show on Disney+, so Apple should make them a deal they can’t refuse.
    Why would they not be able to offer those properties on the Disney streaming service? I figured that's why all the Marvel stuff has been leaving Netflix, for exactly that reason.
    watto_cobra
Sign In or Register to comment.