Apple has reportedly signed a first-look deal with a local production company that will eventually pave the way for Russian-language movies and TV shows to appear on Apple TV+.
- Apple reportedly signs a first-look deal with AR Content
- Apple TV+ will gain Russian-language and multilingual shows
- Apple previously signed similar first-look deals
Apple TV+ signs a first-look deal with AR Content
Apple has signed a first-look deal with the LA-based production company AR Content lead by Ukrainian and Russian producer and director Alexander Rodnyansky.
Variety reports that the Apple TV+ deal includes a slate of Russian-language shows and multilingual shows, set both inside and outside Russia. According to the report, those shows will be creatively led by both Russian and international writers and directors.
Here’s how Rodnyansky commented on the news:
Apple is extremely interested to explore the possibilities in that part of the world. It’s going to be the very first of all the global streaming platforms to sign a strategic partnership with a company with Russian roots.
This is a chance for filmmakers from all over the world to deliver their stories, on the life they know very well, to international audiences with no limitations. That’s what makes me excited. This is part of the contemporary world, and it can break down borders to make the world united, and can change it completely.
Alexander Rodnyansky at the Cannes Film Festival
For Apple TV+, this is business as usual as it seeks to host foreign-language shows to expand its appeal beyond English-language countries. In the past, Apple signed similar first-look deals with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.
Moreover, Apple TV+ is filming its first French-language series, titled “Liaison”.
Rodnyansky is also the founder of the first Ukrainian independent television network, dubbed 1+1. Before that, he used to lead CTC Media which under his management became the first Russian media company publicly traded on NASDAQ.