Apple is not holding back in its new initiative to launch content through its new worldwide global video distribution platform, adding another huge name to its stable. Apple has issued a straight-to-series order for a Space Drama Series from Battlestar Galactica and Outlander creator Ronald D. Moore. The series hails from Sony Pictures Television and the Tall Ship Productions run by Ronald D. Moore, which is based at Sony Pictures Television. The series is the third that Apple has ordered this year, although it isn't clear which may go into production first.
The drama series is created and written by Ronald D. Moore, Fargo executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, who will all also serve as executive producers. The series examines what may have happened if the global "space race" that started in the 1960s, never ended and is still going on today. Also serving as an executive producer for Tall Ship Productions is Maril Davis. Apple's new video division is being lead by Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg, former presidents at Sony Pictures Television, with this show marking the first series order from their former company.
Apple started this initiative in a huge way, ordering a new Amazing Stories reboot series for a 10-episode order. While it remains to be seen who will star in the series, the project has no shortage of talent, with Hannibal and American Gods creator Bryan Fuller and Steven Spielberg executive producing. That show came through Apple's deal with NBCUniversal. That report claimed that Apple is looking to spend roughly $1 billion on content in its first year, which may sound like a lot, but it still pales in comparison to the $6 billion Netflix spent this year.
We reported in November that Apple had ordered their second series, an untitled project from Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, which is based on Brian Stelter's novel Top of the Morning, which explores the lives of people who work at a national morning news program. The original novel addressed the rivalry between NBC's Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America, although it isn't known if that will remain the same in the TV series. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who both played sisters on the iconic sitcom Friends, will also serve as executive producers, with Apple issuing a two-season, 20-episode order right off the bat.
This new deal reunites Ronald D. Moore with Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg, who he has worked with on Outlander and Amazon's Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, on which Ronald D. Moore wrote and served as an executive producer. Both Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg left their posts as Sony TV presidents in June to run this new venture for Apple. Nadivi and Wolpert als wrote for FX's People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Deadline broke the news on this new series earlier today.