Andrew Wallenstein, writing for Variety:
The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting
for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into
the original programming business.
Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif., colossus has held
preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in
Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to
produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers
reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all
content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers
for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.
On the one hand, everyone else is doing it, so why not Apple? On the other hand, Apple makes devices where Netflix and HBO provide content/apps. If Apple starts competing against Netflix and HBO in content production, do they risk spoiling those partnerships?
Here’s a what-if: What if Apple had bought Pixar instead of Disney?
★ Wednesday, 2 September 2015