Apple has apparently signed an overall deal with director Sam Catlin to help develop and produce scripted Apple TV+ shows, according to sources who spoke with Variety.
- Sam Catlin said to develop and produce new Apple TV+ shows
- He’s the showrunner, executive producer and co-creator of “Preacher”
- Catlin was also a co-executive producer on “Breaking Bad”
Sam Catlin to produce new Apple TV+ shows
Television writer, director and producer Sam Catlin has reportedly signed an overall production deal with Apple TV+, Variety reports. The “Breaking Bad” producer and “Preacher” showrunner will be allegedly tasked with developing and producing new original television shows and movies for Apple’s streaming platform.
He is understood to be working on scripted Apple TV+ shows under his Short Drive Entertainment banner along with producing partner Tiffany Prasifka. Catlin brings industry expertise: Most recently, he has co-created, executive produced and run the AMC series “Preacher”. He was also a co-executive producer on “Breaking Bad,” an AMC project.
Variety on Catlin’s involvement in “Preacher”:
Catlin developed the show alongside Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It was based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book series of the same name. The show starred Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun. The show ultimately ran for four seasons and 43 episodes on AMC.
Apple has signed a lot of similar deals in the past several months with such names as Idris Elba, Jon Stewart and other celebrities, including a first-look deal with a Russian production company that could bring Russian-language content to Apple TV+.
The Information reported in September 2021 that Apple is readying an avalanche of new Apple TV+ content. The company apparently plans to bring new original shows and movies to its streaming service weekly, beginning 2022. Apple TV+ is also pouring more money into original movies, including a major project starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.