Apple hires A&E’s Molly Thompson as its head of Documentaries

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Along with a growing lineup of scripted fare, documentaries shall be one other key focus for Apple TV+, the corporate’s new streaming service set to launch in May. In response to a brand new report at present from Variety, Apple has employed A&E’s Molly Thompson as its head of Documentaries.

Thompson’s expertise at A&E consists of founding its documentary manufacturing arm, A&E IndieFilms, again in 2005. Whereas there, a number of of its movies earned Emmy nominations, together with “Life, Animated,” “Cartel Land,” “Jesus Camp” and “Murderball.”

Cartel Land,” “Life, Animated” and “The Tillman Story,” mixed, went on to win greater than a half-dozen Emmys, together with different business awards.

Thompson additionally has exec produced: “The Clinton Affair,” Charles Ferguson’s “Watergate” docu-series, “Studio 54,” “Metropolis of Ghosts,” “The Imposter,” “Drunk Stoned Sensible Lifeless: The Story of the Nationwide Lampoon,” “The Unknown Recognized: The Life and Occasions of Donald Rumsfeld,” “No Place on Earth,” “Cave of Forgotten Goals” and “Being Evel” — a few of which have been underneath A&E’s Historical past Movies banner.

For Lifetime Movies, she exec produced two narrative options: “Lila & Eve,” which starred Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez and premiered on the 2016 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant; plus Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait,” with Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

Thompson’s hiring signifies Apple’s curiosity in bringing content material that may attraction to those that don’t often watch conventional TV, however as an alternative wish to stream extra instructional fare — like documentary movies and docu-series, biographies, exhibits with a historic focus and different non-fiction. Plus, documentaries would give Apple a method to compete early on for Emmy consideration, even when its scripted collection fail to realize crucial reward.

Documentaries additionally symbolize one other technique of competing immediately with Netflix, the place the format has turn out to be an enormous draw for subscribers — even zeitgeist-y, at occasions. Netflix in the present day has a variety of documentaries that almost everybody has seen, or has a minimum of heard of, like “Making a Assassin,” “Wild Wild Nation,” “13th,” “Amanda Knox,” “Fyre,” “Amy” and lots of extra. This month it'll have one other hit on this style, with Beyoncé’s Coachella documentary, out on April 17th.

Apple has already introduced a couple of of its documentary efforts for Apple TV+, together with Oprah’s docu-series, one among which is co-produced with Prince Harry; in addition to a docu-series about extraordinary homes; and Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s documentary about an elephant matriarch, “The Elephant Queen.” The latter, which Apple picked up on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant, was one among its first feature film buys.

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