Apple prepping TV shows involving Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston for 2019

Apple is planning to release its original TV shows between March 2019 and the summer of that year, it has been reported.

The iPhone maker is making a major move into programming, and looks set to spend well over $1 billion creating its own batch of originals. According to a new report from the New York Times, Apple currently has 12 projects in the works, nine of which will skip the pilot stage and go straight-to-series.

These include productions involving Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Wiig and M. Night Shyamalan.

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However, some of the projects are threatening to run behind schedule, with the “morning show drama” involving Aniston and Witherspoon reportedly still in need of a script, and another production, Amazing Stories, lacking an executive producer almost two months since Bryan Fuller left.

Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, both poached from Sony Pictures Television, have created a division called Apple Worldwide Video, which comprises around 40 members of staff and is set to move into a new 128,000-square-foot HQ in Culver City, California.

Apple Worldwide Video currently has groups working on adult dramas, children’s shows and Latin American and European programming, the report claims, but more could roll out as the venture progresses.

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