Published on January 21st, 2019 | by Kirk Hiner0
Apple claims first-look on projects from Imagine Documentaries
Apple continues to set up deals for content they’ll be offering through their forthcoming streaming service. We last week reported that they’re nearing a deal for a 10 episode sci-fi series from producers Simon Kinberg and David Weil, and we’ve now learned from Variety they’ve signed a first-look pact for non-fiction features and series from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries.
You may know of Imagine’s documentary work from films such as The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Years (directed by Howard) and Inside Deep Throat. Variety reports that Imagine is investing heavily in premium non-fiction content, as signified by the hiring of RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes as president of Imagine Documentaries as president. Projects currently in the works under his direction are the docu-series She the People, which features actress-playwright Sarah Jones traveling the country to examine issues of sex and power for women, and Dads, in which actor Bryce Dallas Howard takes a humorous look at fatherhood in the modern era.
Apple has already placed a few non-fiction shows in its lineup—including Losing Earth and Home—and the new deal with Imagine gives Apple the option to pick up their content before it’s marketed to competitors such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
No official word has been provided on when or how we’ll be able to watch any of these shows, although Apple CEO Tim Cook did hint earlier this month that the company plans to announce new services this year. Multiple reports point to Apple rolling out the streaming service in the first half of this year, likely for free to iOS and tvOS device users. We expect we’ll find out fairly soon, and that there’ll be more content announcements before then.