Apple exec Eddy Cue joins SXSW 2018 speaker lineup

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Apple VP Eddy Cue runs Apple's media business.
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The 2018 SXSW Conference is adding a fresh crop of faces to its speaker lineup this year, including one of Apple’s most popular executives.

Apple media boss Eddy Cue is set to make an appearance at the annual conference that’s a celebration of music, tech, movies and TV. All of which are areas Apple is planning to dominate in 2018.

La La Land director inks huge TV deal with Apple

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The director of La La Land is making a TV show.
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Apple’s growing roster of high profile Hollywood projects has added yet another A-list director to its swelling ranks.

Acclaimed filmmaker Damien Chazelle has reportedly signed a deal with Apple to create a mysterious new original TV show for the iPhone-maker.

Disney hires Apple vet to build streaming service

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Disney is planning to take on Netflix.
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Disney is bringing in an Apple veteran to help build its streaming service that will ultimately take on Netflix and maybe even Apple.

Kevin Swint, a former Apple employee that was in charge of the company’s worldwide iTunes movie business, was recently hired by Disney to help the company embrace streaming.

Apple highlights its best apps, games, movies, and music of the year

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Apple has released its 'best of' list for 2017.
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Apple has released its yearly “Best of” list, highlighting its picks for the top apps, games, albums, movies, podcasts, books, and TV shows — just in time for your holiday purchasing!

As is always the case, the lists combine Apple’s own hand-curated picks and popularity-driven charts, based on purchases in Apple’s various services such as iTunes, the App Store, iBooks Store, and Apple Music.

Today in Apple history: iTunes bags its first exclusive movie

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The producers of Purple Violets took a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
The producers of Purple Violets take a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
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November 20: Today in Apple history: iTunes movie distribution November 20, 2007: Purple Violets becomes the first feature film to launch exclusively on iTunes.

A romantic comedy directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets stars Selma Blair, Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson. Having received limited offers from distributors, the filmmakers pin their hopes on iTunes distribution as an alternative way to get their movie in front of viewers.

Clips gets iPhone X-powered update with 360-degree selfies

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Clips 2.0 is available now.
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Apple gives Drake blank check to make films

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Drake and Apple have been close for years.
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Apple plans to use Toronto rapper Drake to dominate an all-new domain: original video.

In a new interview, Drake revealed that he has several video projects in the works with both Apple and Netflix that he plans to tackle over the next year while taking a break from music.

Apple taps Steven Spielberg for original sci-fi show

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Apple is reportedly ready to whip up some new amazing stories with Steven Spielberg.
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Apple is set to make its biggest push into original content yet by inking a deal with one of the biggest directors in Hollywood history.

Steven Spielberg and Apple reportedly will create new episodes of Amazing Stories. The science fiction anthology series originally ran in the 1980s on NBC, but will be relaunched with all-new episodes.

We could get brand new movies on-demand in under a year

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It might not be too long before you can get brand new movies on services like iTunes.
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According to the studio head of 20th Century Fox, a deal allowing customers to watch movies in their own home just weeks after they’ve debuted in theaters is likely to be finalized in the next 6-12 months — with prices set at “less than $50.”

Up until now, media companies like Apple have been pushing for some kind of premium on-demand deal, but negotiations have been slow due to studios dragging their feet. However, at this week’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch media conference in Los Angeles, Fox studio boss Stacey Snider says that finally talks, “have started to coalesce around a concept.”

Windows Store proves Apple’s strict guidelines are a necessity

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Windows Store has an illegal movies problem.
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