Apple Reportedly Allocates $1 Billion to Original Video Content
Cherniss has been named as head of domestic creative development at Apple, having left his role president and general manager of USA basic cable channel WGN America (WGNA). Previously, all three Apple recruits worked together to bring Sony showsUnderground and Outsiders to WGN, notes MacRumors.
Apple already produces some original content including USA reality show Planet of the Apps, and James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, but they haven't been particularly well received. With a planned $1 billion budget, Apple hopes to deliver shows that can match the same quality of what its competitors can offer. Of course, Apple is coming into this effort years behind its competition, and there's no telling what the company's many Hollywood partners will think about Apple encroaching on their turf.
It's unclear if Apple is planning to launch an entirely new service to replace its somewhat outdated buy-'em-individually iTunes Store or if it will become a part of Apple Music, which is now testing the waters with an exclusive season of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke.
Sierra Leone mudslide: WAHO donates $300000 to Gov't
The country's President, Ernest Bai Koroma, and other dignitaries are expected to attend the afternoon ceremony. Deforestation for firewood and charcoal is another leading contributor to flooding and mudslides.
However, it will not be as easy as it sounds for Apple. Netflix, meanwhile, is expected to spend more than $6 billion in 2017. Famed investor Mark Cuban says it will produce "the world's first trillionaries", but that should still leave plenty of money for regular investors who make the right trades early. One episode of Game of Thrones can cost more than $10 million to produce, while even comedies can cost over $2 million per episode.
Breaking into the already crowded Hollywood won't be easy and Apple's investment is about on par with the amount Amazon spent and half of Netflix's investment when it launched House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
Swiss franc, yen rise as North Korea tensions brew
Major indexes in Europe closed mostly lower. 'Traders are on red alert as the mention of war has sent them running for cover. Technology companies, which suffered the brunt of the selling a day earlier, were back in the lead Friday.
Military confrontation with North Korea not imminent says US
China's President Xi Jinping told Trump in a phone call that all sides should maintain restraint and avoid inflammatory comments. While Trump's goal of North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons may be appealing, it's unrealistic, Clapper said.
Google Allo Is Now Available on Desktop With Web Client
It has an Android Messages app for mobile as well, and it just broadly rolled out a new messaging platform within YouTube . It should be noted that this is not a standalone web portal for the Allow messaging service (like we saw with Hangouts).