Apple TV+ is expanding its European production teams

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 6
Apple TV+ is continuing to recruit for its London-based teams, recently adding to its European drama staff and now looking for an non-scripted programming commissioner.

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Gary Oldman in "Slow Horses," which is made for Apple TV+ by London-based See-Saw Films


Apple has previously committed to investing millions of dollars in producing TV shows in France, but it is also looking for pan-European productions. That may be in part because all streamers are required to meet EU local production quotas.

In 2020, the EU proposed that all streamers should have a minimum of 30% European-made content -- and none of them were close.

According to UK television industry publication Broadcast, however, Apple recently expanded its European team with Joe Oppenheimer, previously from BBC Films. It also added Fiona McDermott, who was head of comedy at Channel 4.

In late 2022, Apple also recruited Tom Williams, who had been head of drama development at independent production firm Wall to Wall. Alongside its drama work, Wall to Wall is known for producing the celebrity family history series, "Who Do You Think You Are?" which was later remade for NBC.

Now Apple TV+ is advertising for "an outstanding non-scripted executive" to work for its global team. The commissioner will "help develop, commission and deliver world class non-scripted content working with a range of suppliers."

Apple's slate of EU-based productions is earning the company plaudits. It has collaborated with the BBC for the Christmas animated hit, "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse," and the award-winning "9/11: Inside the President's War Room."

Most recently, its thriller series "Slow Horses" was the first Apple TV+ production to be nominated for a UK Writers' Guild award.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    JP234JP234 Posts: 789member
    If there's anything worse than "non-scripted" television shows, I haven't found it. If it isn't a documentary, it's drivel. And they're blatantly scripted.
    Talkin' to you, Bachelor/ette, Big Brother, Property Brothers, Survivor, Alone (alone with camera and production crews, evacuees helicopters and medics), Deadliest Catch, Amazing Race, and of course let's not forget the original steaming pile of crap Survivor. Fear Factor. American Idol. American Ninja. America's Got Talent (too bad the showrunners don't).

    And even the ones that start out OK, like HorsePower TV, always descend into product placement, paid endorsements during programming, and bland vanilla hosts trying not to offend sponsors with anything but praise, deserved or not.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    hydrogenhydrogen Posts: 285member
    Well, it might be useful to remind the US reader that, as per their own will, UK is no longer part of Europe , in administrative terms
  • Reply 3 of 6
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 6,515member
    hydrogen said:
    Well, it might be useful to remind the US reader that, as per their own will, UK is no longer part of Europe , in administrative terms
    I wonder what the will is now?

    Independently of that, the UK is still mostly operating under laws designed and applied by the EU. It seems it is in a tremendous pickle with reprocessing all of that legal work. 
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Slow Horses has been fantastic. Make more like that!
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  • Reply 5 of 6
    danoxdanox Posts: 1,527member
    MrBunside said:
    Slow Horses has been fantastic. Make more like that!
    Much better than most of the stuff currently on Apple’s Tv channel, like it better than Foundation or Ted Lasso.

    A third season is coming up…
    edited January 6
  • Reply 6 of 6
    MadbumMadbum Posts: 436member
    MrBunside said:
    Slow Horses has been fantastic. Make more like that!
    I didn’t like slow horses. The main guy looks like he hasn’t showered for weeks….turn it off half way through episodes 1, maybe I will reboot it and see

    Severance , See and For All Mankind have been the best shows for me
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