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Apple TV+ Secure International Rights to Israel-Iran Thriller 'Tehran'

Apple TV+ Secure International Rights to Israel-Iran Thriller 'Tehran'

Apple TV+ have secured the international rights to Israel-Iran espionage thriller 'Tehran' according to a report published today by Deadline.

The eight part limited series comes from writer Moshe Zonder (Netflix's 'Fauda') in which a Mossad computer-hacking agent is hunted in her hometown of Tehran. Finding refuge amongst a group of regime-opposing secular Iranians, she becomes romantically involved with a pro-democracy activist.

The deal between Apple and Cineflix Rights follows in the footsteps of other successful Iranian imports 'False Flag' on Hulu, 'Srugim' on Amazon and 'Shtisel' on Netflix.

Shot mostly in Hebrew and Farsi, 'Tehran' is likely to be the first fully subtitled series available on Apple's streaming service. The Thriller - to be re-cut with Apple co-producing - began airing earlier this year through Iranian broadcaster Kan 11 and stars 'Homeland' alum Shaun Toub and Navid Negahban alongside rising talent Niv Sultan.

Apple TV+ continues to beat-out competition from Netflix and Amazon for content. 'Tehran' follows a successful month for the streaming service with the capture of Tom Hanks WWII epic 'Greyhound' and upcoming projects from Brian Lazarte, James Lee Hernández and Martin Scorsese.

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Apple Share First Look Trailer for ‘Little Voice’

Apple Share First Look Trailer for ‘Little Voice’

Apple have shared a first look trailer for the upcoming Apple TV+ romantic comedy-drama 'Little Voice', ahead of its streaming debut on July 10th. The teaser trailer features the title theme of the same name, performed by award winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

The Bad Robot musical project's description:

"From Emmy Award-winner J.J. Abrams, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, Little Voice is a new coming-of-age drama series featuring original music from Sara Bareilles.

A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York starring Brittany O’Grady, Sean Teale, Colton Ryan, Shalini Bathina, Kevin Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Chuck Cooper, “Little Voice” follows Bess King, a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love, and complicated family issues. Featuring original music by Grammy and Tony Award nominee, Sara Bareilles, this is a story about finding your authentic voice—and the courage to use it."

Little Voice - First Look | Apple TV+

Sara Bareilles's new song 'Little Voice' received its debut earlier today and can be streamed in its entirety on Apple Music.

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Annecy International Film Festival to Screen Upcoming Apple TV+ Animation 'Wolfwalkers'

Annecy International Film Festival to Screen Upcoming Apple TV+ Animation 'Wolfwalkers'

Apple's 'Wolfwalkers' has joined the lineup for this years Annecy International Film Festival. The festival which celebrates the very best in animation will take place from June 15th through June 30th and is to be held online this year.

'Wolfwalkers' is a new animated film which is planned to debut in theatres and Apple TV+ later this year. Created and directed by two-time Academy Award-nominee Tomm Moore ('The Secret of Kells,' 'Song of the Sea') and Ross Stewart, Cartoon Saloon, Melusine Productions and Folivari, the Apple exclusive joins the 2020 Annecy International Film Festival programme for a special, virtual sneak peek event. A first look at the film’s hand-crafted animation process will be showcased as part of the Work in Process Feature Films selection.

Cartoon Saloon's brief description of the animated project:

" 'Wolfwalkers' follows Robyn Goodfellowe, a young apprentice hunter who journeys to Ireland with her father in a time of superstition and magic to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the 'Wolfwalkers' and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy."

'Wolfwalkers' 2017 Conceptual Trailer

Those interested in attending the online 2020 Annecy International Film Festival can purchase festival tickets here.

Thanks to Benjamin Mayo for the tip.

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'Dads' Trailer Teases Upcoming Documentary for Apple TV+

'Dads' Trailer Teases Upcoming Documentary for Apple TV+

Apple have shared the trailer for Bryce Dallas Howard's feature debut documentary 'Dads' ahead of its screening at next weeks virtual AFI Docs Fest on June 18th followed by a global release on Apple TV+ a day later.

Apple describe the upcoming documentary:

"Dads is a heartfelt and humorous documentary that celebrates the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world. Featuring six extraordinary fathers from across the globe, this film offers a firsthand glimpse into the trials and tribulations of modern-day parenting through revealing interviews, rare home-movie footage, viral videos, and hilarious and thoughtful testimonials from some of Hollywood’s funniest celebrities, including Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ron Howard, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minhaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Will Smith and more."

Dads - Official Trailer | Apple TV+

'Dads' can now be added to your Up Next queue in preperation of its June 19th streaming debut on Apple TV+.

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Apple TV+ Publish 'Greyhound' Trailer, Sets July 10th Release

Apple TV+ Publish 'Greyhound' Trailer, Sets July 10th Release

Apple TV+ have announced that 'Greyhound' will be available for subscribers across the globe on July 10th. Apple secured the rights to the film last month in a deal with Sony Pictures after its original theatrical release of June 12th was scrapped amid the ongoing global pandemic.

Apple published a brand new trailer along with a short description of the now Apple exclusive:

"Inspired by real events, Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) leads an international convoy of 37 ships on a treacherous mission across The Atlantic to deliver thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies to Allied forces. Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. The Apple Original film was directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman."
Grehound - Trailer | Apple TV+

The Apple original film is based on the novel 'The Good Shepherd' by C.S. Forester and will be the third WWII film of Tom Hanks career, following 'A League of Their Own' and 'Saving Private Ryan'.

'Greyhound' can now be added to your Up Next queue in preperation of its streaming premiere on Apple TV+.

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‘See’ Honored with The Ruderman Seal of Approval for Authentic Representation

‘See’ Honored with The Ruderman Seal of Approval for Authentic Representation

The Ruderman Family Foundation has included Apple TV original 'See' amongst those honored with its “Seal of Authentic Representation.” The honor recognizes films and television series that demonstrate a commitment toward inclusiveness in popular culture.

Cast members Bree Klauser and Marilee Talkington are both legally blind and play characters in a series set in a dystopian future where sight is nothing more than a herecy, until twins Haniwa and Kofun are born.

The groundbreaking series had an extra-focus on realism, thanks to the projects associate producer and blindness consultant Joseph A. Strechay who advised on everything from the shows writing and performances to on set inclusivity.

Season one of Apple original 'See' is now available to stream. Season 2 will reportedly resume production in the coming weeks.  

Thanks to Steven Aquino for drawing our attention to this story.

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AFI DOCS Tickets Now Available for ‘Boys State’ and ‘Dads’ Previews

AFI DOCS Tickets Now Available for ‘Boys State’ and ‘Dads’ Previews

Individual tickets for the American Film Institute's annual documentary festival are now available to purchase with the premiers of Apple documentaries 'Dads' and ‘Boys State’ amongst the US only virtual festival highlights.

This years festival - which runs June 17th through June 21st - will open with A24 and Apple Sundance Grand Dury Prize winning documentary 'Boys State', followed by a Q&A with the films directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine.

The documentary film follows a group of teenage boys at an annual civics program hosted by the American Legion in Austin, Texas, where attendees create a mock government and campaign for leadership and party platforms. Exploring politics through a coming-of-age lens, the result reveals American democracy and political division at its most hopeful and terrifying moments.

'Dads' will also premier at AFI Docs just a day before its release on Apple TV+ followed by a discussion about the film. The directorial feature-length debut from Bryce Dallas Howard - produced by father Ron Howard - explores contemporary fatherhood through testimonies and wisdom from famous funny men and combines those antidotes with portraits of non-celebrity dads from around the world - including Brazil, Japan and the United States.

Film screenings will be streamed at docs.afi.com with limited tickets for individual screenings available to purchase for $8. Screen passes are also available for $50 and grant access to the documentary festival's entire lineup.

No official release date has yet been made public for 'Boys State' on Apple TV+ whilst 'Dads' will be available to subscribers just prior to Fathers Day on June 19th.

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Apple TV Original ‘Dickinson’ Takes Home First Peabody Award

Apple TV Original ‘Dickinson’ Takes Home First Peabody Award

Apple TV Original 'Dickinson' has been named amongst those honored in this years Peabody Awards winners. The nod marks the first Peabody win for Apple TV+ , following the streaming services launch last November.

Peabody describe the show in their round-up of this years winner:‌

"Creator Alena Smith lovingly and playfully embraces anachronism, bringing a contemporary sense, sensibility, and soundtrack to 19th-century New England and the world of poet Emily Dickinson. Hailee Steinfeld offers a standout performance in a show that excels at being fun while crackling with energy and wild originality."

It was reported last month that showrunner and executive producer Alena Smith had signed a multi-year deal to develop TV shows exclusively for Apple.

Season one of ‘Dickinson’ is currently available to stream on Apple TV+ with its second season expected to debut this Fall.

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Apple TV+ Comedy ‘Ted Lasso’ Kicking Off August 14th

Apple TV+ Comedy ‘Ted Lasso’ Kicking Off August 14th

Apple have announced that its original comedy “Ted Lasso” will debut on TV+ this August. Jason Sudeikis reprises his role originally played for a viral ad campaign promoting NBCSN’s English Premier League coverage.

Apple describe the series as follows:

Ted Lasso is a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.

It is yet unknown who Ted Lasso will be coaching this time - previously coaching Tottenham Hotspur "The Tottingham Hotspurs." The mockumentary-style-comedy is expected to be set around a London-based club with filming wrapping up in England's capital last November.

Sudeikis also serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content.

Apple have signed the original comedy series to a multi-year deal. The company continues its efforts to bring live sports to its streaming service with the English Premier League broadcasting rights set for auction during the 2021/22 season.

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Apple TV+ adds 'Fraggle Rock' Classic Episodes, New Original Series on the Way

Apple TV+ adds 'Fraggle Rock' Classic Episodes, New Original Series on the Way

Apple TV+ have bought the rights to all 96 classic episodes of 80's live action childrens show "Fraggle Rock" - now available on the TV+ app

Apple had already funded a set of shorts from Jim Henson's creations. Called "Fraggle Rock: Rock On!" the production began at the performers homes, filmed on iPhones and released on Apple TV+ in recent weeks.

Now the company have announced that it has ordered a season of full episodes for its fledgling streaming service, following the classic HBO seasons now added to the Apple TV+ content roster.  

According to a report by Vulture, Apple may be looking to purchase the rights to more shows recently rebooted by Apple in recent months. Those shows include "Amazing Stories", "Ghostwriter" and previous seasons of upcoming TV+ show, "Long Way Up", a follow-up to the Ewan McGregor lead travel shows "Long Way Down" and "Long Way Round".

The new "Fraggle Rock" series will be produced by the Jim Henson Company with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford onboard as executive producers with longtime Henson collaborator and Fraggle Rock puppeteer John Tartaglia also set to produce. Original series puppeteers Dave Goelz and Karen Prell are said to be onboard for the re-introduction of one of my childhood favourites.  

In related news "Party Down in Fraggle Rock!" released earlier today. The "Fraggle Rock: Rock On!" series finale features a jam session with Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Ziggy Marley and Alanis Morisette among others. Available for free on the TV app.

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Apple Share Official Trailer for Inspirational Docuseries 'Dear...'

Apple Share Official Trailer for Inspirational Docuseries 'Dear...'

Apple have shared the official trailer for upcoming docuseries "Dear..." ahead of its Apple TV+ debut. All ten episodes will be available on day one and will feature popular public figures Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland and Big Bird, among others.

"Dear..." takes its inspiration from Apple's "Dear Apple" marketing campaign which promotes Apple Watch via user letters sent into Apple sharing the impact the device has had on individuals lives.

Inspired by Apple's groundbreaking "Dear Apple" ad for the ‌Apple Watch‌, Dear... is an inventive approach to biographies of the influential people who are shaping culture and society today using letters that fans have written to them. Dear... focuses on key moments from subjects' lives and their work that has profoundly impacted not only the individuals who have written letters, but the world at large.

You can now add the R.J. Cutler produced docu-series to your Up Next queau in prepertion for the shows Apple TV+ debut on June 5th.

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Apple TV+ Announce Short-Form Sports Docuseries 'Greatness Code'

Apple TV+ Announce Short-Form Sports Docuseries 'Greatness Code'

Apple TV+ docuseries "Greatness Code" is the latest in a long list of unscripted content announcements unveiled this week. The short-form sports series will stream to 100 countries when it premieres on July 10.

According to Apple's press release, the sports series will “spotlight untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world.”

"Greatness Code" will feature the following athletes across the series seven episodes:

  • Four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist LeBron James
  • Six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady
  • Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team Alex Morgan
  • Record-holding Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White
  • World’s fastest man and eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt
  • Five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world champion swimmer Katie Ledecky
  • 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater

The series is directed by Gotham Chopra and produced by Religion of Sports - which Chopra co-founded with Tom Brady and NFL Hall of Fame legend Michael Strahan - and Uninterrupted, the athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

Earlier today Apple TV+ updated its press site with a release date for "Little Voices." The highly anticipated show will premiere alongside "Greatness Code" globally on July 10th.