Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai signs wide-ranging deal with Apple TV+


Malala Yousafzai
Educator Malala Yousafzai will be a new voice on Apple TV+.
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Apple revealed on Monday a new “multiyear programming partnership” with women’s rights activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai to produce content for for Apple TV+.

Yousafzai will produce original programming for the streaming service, spanning drama, comedy, documentary, animation and kids’ shows.

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“I believe in the power of stories to bring families together, forge friendships, build movements, and inspire children to dream,” Yousafzai said in a statement. “And I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Apple to help bring these stories to life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to support women, young people, writers, and artists in reflecting the world as they see it.”

Coming soon to Apple TV+

Yousafzai, 23, published her bestselling memoir I Am Malala at 16. The Taliban targeted her for assassination in 2012, when she was a teenager speaking out about education for girls in northwestern Pakistan. She survived, and subsequently moved to the United Kingdom, where she now lives.

Apple’s announcement, released on International Women’s Day, talks up Yousafzai’s wide-ranging accomplishments:

“At age 16, Malala published her best-selling memoir, “I Am Malala.” She’s since written two more books, starred in a documentary about her early life, and created Assembly, a digital publication for girls and young women available on Apple News. Since launching in 2018, Assembly has published stories from young women in more than 100 countries and in over 20 languages.

Malala also founded Malala Fund to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of safe, free, quality education. In 2018, Apple became Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, supporting the organization’s work with local advocates and teachers in eight countries where girls face significant education challenges. Apple also assists with technology, curriculum, and research into policy changes to support girls’ education. The partnership has since expanded, and in Brazil, Apple’s 10 Developer Academies have partnered with Malala Fund to advance girls’ education opportunities there and around the world.”

There’s no word on when the first Apple TV+ content from Yousafzai’s production company, Extracurricular, will arrive.

Source: Apple