Alfonso Cuaron Signs Deal With Apple to Create New Series | THR News


Oscar winner, Alfonso Cuarón is making big moves in the TV world. Following a competitive process
of multiple outlets bidding, Cuarón has signed an
overall deal with Apple. Under the terms of the multiple year pact, he will create and develop
new television projects exclusively for Apple’s
forthcoming TV plus. The deal could be considered
a big win for Apple. Especially after Cuarón
delivered a hit for Netflix in the form of “Roma.” Cuarón, of course, wrote,
directed, and produced the film that was nominated for multiple oscars including best picture. (soulful music) As part of the new pact,
Cuarón will still maintain his nonexclusive deal
with Anonymous Content, and will partner with
them on select projects, while also continuing to
produce other projects with different collaborators. The “Gravity,” “Children
of Men,” and “Harry Potter” grad becomes the latest
A-lister to sign a content deal with Apple. Apple TV Plus launches November 1st with original “See,”
“Dickinson,” “For All Mankind,” and “The Morning Show.” – Ahhh! – Ahhh! – You walk out that door, you
are never gonna get back in. – For more on this story, head to thr.com. Until next time with The
Hollywood Reporter news, I’m Tiffany Taylor.

Should Netflix be worried about Apple’s new $6B streaming service?


LAUREN: GRAB THE POPCORN BECAUSE APPLE IS SINKING A SMALL FORTUNE INTO TRYING TO WIN THE STREAMING WARS AGAINST NETFLIX, DISNEY AND AT&T. APPLE SPENDING SOME $6 BILLION ON ONLY FIVE SHOWS. HOW BIG A RISK IS THIS FOR THE HOUSE THAT STEVE JOBS BUILT? LET’S BRING IN SETH SACHNER. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>GOOD MORNING. GOOD TO BE HERE. LAUREN: ALL RIGHT, APPLE, FIVE SHOWS WHEN APPLE PLUS LAUNCHES, PRESUMABLY IN NOVEMBER, PRESUMABLY COSTING $10 A MONTH, IS THAT ENOUGH TO WIN OVER CUSTOMERS?>>WELL, LOOK, THERE’S A LONG-TERM STRATEGY HERE. THOSE ARE JUST FIVE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. THEY HAVE A REALLY, REALLY ROBUST PROGRAMMING SLATE AND IT’S MOSTLY ORIGINAL CONTENT. LAUREN: BUT IT’S FIVE SHOWS.>>FROM WHAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO HEAR. FIVE SHOWS TO START, YEAH. PROBABLY ISN’T ENOUGH IN AND OF ITSELF. THEY’VE GOT A GREAT LINEUP, SPIELBERG, OPRAH WINFREY, JJ ABRAMS. LAUREN: WE’RE WATCHING THE MORNING SHOW NOW, THE VIDEO ON THE SCREEN AND THAT APPARENTLY COST MORE THAN HBO’S GAME OF THRONES WHICH IS LIKE THE ALL-TIME MOST EXPENSIVE SERIES.>>YEAH. WELL, LOOKING, I THINK THE THING ABOUT THIS SERVICE THAT’S INTERESTING IS THEY’RE REALLY ACTING LIKE A STUDIO AND THEY’RE COMMISSIONING LOTS OF ORIGINAL CONTENT. THEY’VE GOT TWO SONY FOLKS IN CHARGE OF IT SO THEY’RE DOING IT IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. I THINK THE THING TO THINK ABOUT THIS, IT’S A LONG-TERM PLAY FOR THEM AND THAT HANDSET AND ALL THOSE iOS DEVICES, THEY’RE ARE OVER 1 BILLION, I THINK 1.4 BILLION iOS ENABLED DEVICES THAT ARE OUT THERE IN THE WORLD AND THIS WILL BE A GLOBAL LAUNCH FOR APPLE. SO JUST IMAGINE A TINY FRACTION OF THOSE DEVICES ACTIVATING AND PROMOTING THOSE SHOWS, I THINK IT’S A POWERFUL THING POTENTIALLY FOR THEM. LAUREN: HOW WORRIED SHOULD NETFLIX BE HERE? THEY’RE SPENDING $14 BILLION ON ORIGINAL CONTENT THIS YEAR. IF YOU COMPARE THAT WITH DISNEY, $24 BILLION, THEY HAVE SO MUCH CONTENT AND IN NOVEMBER THEY ARE LAUNCHING THEIR SERVICE, $7 A MONTH FOR THEIR STREAMING SERVICES. IS DISNEY THE ONE TO BEAT?>>I THINK DISNEY’S SERVICE IS VERY, VERY COMPELLING. IT’S VERY DIFFERENT. IT LOOKS LIKE ALONG THE LINES OF THEIR THEATRICAL RELEASES, THE TV RELEASES, MARVEL. IF THERE’S A PARTY OUT THERE THAT’S WATCHING WITH CONCERN, I’M SURE IT WOULD BE NETFLIX AND IF YOU’RE A NICHE OTT PLAYER, THERE ARE CONS THERE ARE TONS OF THESE NICHE SERVICES, FROM MUSIC TO SPORTS. THOSE WOULD BE THE ONES THAT I THINK WOULD BE CONCERNED. I THINK THE REAL THING YOU’LL PROBABLY SEE OVER TIME IS A BUNDLING STRATEGY. SO DISNEY’S LIKELY TO GO OUT WITH A BUNDLE THAT INCLUDES HULU AS WELL AS ESPN FOR $13, AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT’S REPORTED PUBLICLY. AND THAT’S COMPETITIVE WITH NETFLIX. I THINK YOU’LL SEE THAT WITH APPLE TOO. THAT WOULD BE MY BET ON THIS. IMAGINE A BUNDLE WITH THIS TV R — TV SERVICE, IT’S GOT MUSIC, COULD HAVE NEWS AS WELL. I THINK NETFLIX AND SOME OF THE