Apple hires A&E’s Molly Thompson as its Head of Documentaries

Along with a rising lineup of scripted fare, documentaries will likely be one other key focus for Apple TV+, the corporate’s new streaming service set to launch in Could. In accordance with a brand new report right this moment from Selection, Apple has employed A&E’s Molly Thompson as its Head of Documentaries. Thompson’s expertise at A&E consists of founding its documentary manufacturing arm, A&E IndieFilms, again in 2005. Whereas there, a number of of its movies earned Emmy nominations, together with “Life, Animated,” “Cartel Land,” “Jesus Camp,” and “Murderball.” “Cartel Land,” “Life, Animated,” and “The Tillman Story,” mixed, went on to win over a half-dozen Emmys, together with different business awards. Thompson additionally has exec produced: “The Clinton Affair,” Charles Ferguson’s “Watergate” docuseries, “Studio 54,” “Metropolis of Ghosts,” “The Imposter,” “Drunk Stoned Good Lifeless: The Story of the Nationwide Lampoon,” “The Unknown Identified: The Life and Occasions of Donald Rumsfeld,” “No Place on Earth,” “Cave of Forgotten Desires,” and “Being Evel”  — a few of which had been underneath A&E’s Historical past Movies banner. For Lifetime Movies, she exec produced two narrative options: “Lila & Eve,” which starred Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez and premiered on the 2016 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant; plus Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait,” with Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin. Thompson’s hiring signifies Apple’s curiosity in bringing content material that may enchantment to those that don’t usually watch conventional TV, however as a substitute wish to stream extra instructional fare — like documentary movies and docu-series, biographies, reveals with a historic focus, and different non-fiction. Plus, documentaries would give Apple a technique to compete early on for Emmy consideration, even when its scripted sequence fail to realize important reward. Documentaries additionally signify one other technique of competing straight with Netflix, the place the format has change into an enormous draw for subscribers — even zeitgeist-y, at occasions. Netflix right this moment has a variety of documentaries that just about everybody has seen, or has not less than heard of, like “Making a Assassin,” “Wild Wild Nation,” “13th,” “Amanda Knox,” “Fyre,” “Amy,” and plenty of extra. This month it is going to have one other hit on this style, with Beyoncé’s Coachella documentary, out on April 17th. Apple has already introduced just a few of its documentary efforts for Apple TV+, together with Oprah’s docu-series, one among which is co-produced with Prince Harry; in addition to a docu-series about extraordinary properties; and Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s documentary about an elephant matriarch, “The Elephant Queen.” The latter, which Apple picked up on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant, was one among its first function movie buys. Picture credit score: IMDb