Apple TV+ deal with Skydance is one of best deals a studio has ever struck

Posted:
in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV
Nearly a month after it was reported, new details about Apple's deal with Skydance indicate that it might be of the "richest" partnerships in the movie industry.

Apple TV+ logo
Apple TV+ logo


Back in January, Apple and Skydance inked a multi-year pact that would see the company produce a number of original films for Apple TV+.

According to Variety, the agreement resembles a "put deal," which is an increasingly rare arrangement in Hollywood that involves a distributor like Apple TV+ being obligated to release the films that its partner chooses.

Even weeks after news of the deal surfaced, Hollywood is also reportedly "abuzz about what a lucrative and rarified deal Skydance carved out for itself."

Under the terms of the deal, Skydance will produce at least two fully-financed films with budgets up to $125 million, according to inside sources. The production company is also guaranteed a payout of a least $25 million per movie, depending on budget thresholds.

In addition, Skydance will get to keep the copyright to the intellectual property it makes for Apple.

Although both companies will share revenues, the Skydance-produced films may not see a theatrical release. Instead, they could end up Apple TV+ exclusives.

Apple's Matt Dentler, a features head, and Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who led the Skydance deal, will identify which films will qualify under the two-a-year minimum.

Although Apple was seen as the likely partner when Skydance's first-look deal with Paramount expired, the Cupertino still beat out rivals like Netflix and Amazon Studios.

Back in 2021, Apple and Skydance Animation also announced a partnership to work on a number of animated films.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    Apple should have acquired the studio. The studio is promising and would have been perfect as an in-house studio.

    How is this a good deal when Skydance keeps the copyrights? They can pull out the productions and make them Netflix exclusive or sell to Disney.

    Even worse, sequels could be Netflix exclusive which will bite Apple in the a**. 
  • Reply 2 of 5
    If a "put deal" obligates Apple to release films that its partner (Skydance) chooses, then how is an Apple employee named Matt Dentler able to "identify which films will qualify." That seems like an outright contradiction in this story.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,375moderator
    If a "put deal" obligates Apple to release films that its partner (Skydance) chooses, then how is an Apple employee named Matt Dentler able to "identify which films will qualify." That seems like an outright contradiction in this story.
    The article said their agreement resembles a put deal. It said that in theory their contract would force them to take whatever movies were presented but there's no reason for Skydance to do something like that. Just because a contract allows a studio to do something doesn't mean they will do it, they entered into a partnership.
    Beats said:
    How is this a good deal when Skydance keeps the copyrights? They can pull out the productions and make them Netflix exclusive or sell to Disney.
    Even worse, sequels could be Netflix exclusive which will bite Apple in the a**. 
    They will share the revenue and most people have Netflix already. Apple has said they aren't trying to compete with Netflix/Disney/Amazon and that they are great partners. But again, just because Skydance could do something like this doesn't mean they will, they have no reason to do this.

    Skydance worked on Foundation.

    A lot of their good projects look like they are going to Paramount like Top Gun, Transformers, Mission Impossible, Star Trek:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skydance_Media

    A couple of Apple's are The Greatest Beer Run Ever and Ghosted:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Beer_Run_Ever
    https://www.imore.com/apple-original-films-ghosted-loses-scarlett-johansson-james-bond-star-steps

    I expect the $125m budget ones will be better than this.
    Beats
  • Reply 4 of 5
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    Marvin said:
    If a "put deal" obligates Apple to release films that its partner (Skydance) chooses, then how is an Apple employee named Matt Dentler able to "identify which films will qualify." That seems like an outright contradiction in this story.
    The article said their agreement resembles a put deal. It said that in theory their contract would force them to take whatever movies were presented but there's no reason for Skydance to do something like that. Just because a contract allows a studio to do something doesn't mean they will do it, they entered into a partnership.
    Beats said:
    How is this a good deal when Skydance keeps the copyrights? They can pull out the productions and make them Netflix exclusive or sell to Disney.
    Even worse, sequels could be Netflix exclusive which will bite Apple in the a**. 
    They will share the revenue and most people have Netflix already. Apple has said they aren't trying to compete with Netflix/Disney/Amazon and that they are great partners. But again, just because Skydance could do something like this doesn't mean they will, they have no reason to do this.

    Skydance worked on Foundation.

    A lot of their good projects look like they are going to Paramount like Top Gun, Transformers, Mission Impossible, Star Trek:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skydance_Media

    A couple of Apple's are The Greatest Beer Run Ever and Ghosted:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Beer_Run_Ever
    https://www.imore.com/apple-original-films-ghosted-loses-scarlett-johansson-james-bond-star-steps

    I expect the $125m budget ones will be better than this.

    I would hope Apple gets the better movies but again, Apple can say Netflix isn’t a competitor but if Netflix takes Apple’s sequels it hurts Apple more.

    Doesn't sound like a good deal to me. Apple should have acquired them while they’re still “young”.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    larryjwlarryjw Posts: 1,031member
    Beats said:
    Apple should have acquired the studio. The studio is promising and would have been perfect as an in-house studio.

    How is this a good deal when Skydance keeps the copyrights? They can pull out the productions and make them Netflix exclusive or sell to Disney.

    Even worse, sequels could be Netflix exclusive which will bite Apple in the a**. 
    I hate to remind you that media reports are just that — reports.

    These reports are NOT the contracts which Apple and Skydance signed. 

    It makes no sense to question the Apple or Skydance about their decisions. 
Sign In or Register to comment.