Apple Unveils First Look at New Original Comedy Series “Ted Lasso,” Starring Jason Sudeikis





Apple Unveils First Look at New Original Comedy Series “Ted Lasso,” Starring Jason Sudeikis
In the series, due on August 14, Sudeikis plays a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple unveils first look at new original comedy series “Ted Lasso,” starring Jason Sudeikis

“Ted Lasso” to debut globally August 14 as part of a star-studded original slate on Apple TV+

Apple today unveiled a first look at “Ted Lasso,” a new original comedy series from Jason Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence, that will premiere globally on Apple TV+, alongside a slate of acclaimed and award-winning original series and films, on Friday, August 14.

Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

“Ted Lasso” joins highly anticipated, soon-to-premiere Apple Original series including docuseries “Dear… ,” from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler; “Little Voice,” a fresh, intensely romantic tale from the award-winning team of J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson; documentary film “Dads” from director Bryce Dallas Howard; “Greatness Code,” a new docuseries that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world; as well as award-winning and hit original series now streaming on Apple TV+ including “Defending Jacob,” “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” and the Golden Globe-nominated and Critics Choice and SAG Award-winning series “The Morning Show”; as well as “Central Park” from Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard alongside “Frozen” Grammy winner Josh Gad and Emmy winner Nora Smith.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.1 For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

1 One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. Visit apple.com/promo for more information.



APPLE TV+ RELEASES THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF ‘HELPSTERS HELP YOU’





APPLE TV+ RELEASES THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF ‘HELPSTERS HELP YOU’ WITH SPECIAL GUEST, POPULAR ALT-ROCK BAND, GROUPLOVE

New Short Features Original Song to Say Thank You to Everyone Keeping Us Healthy
and Safe

“Helpsters Help You” On Apple TV+: apple.co/helpstershelpyou

A reminder that the final installment of “Helpsters Help You” is available for FREE NOW on
Apple TV+. Inspired by Apple’s Parents’ Choice and Common Sense Media Award-winning, Daytime Emmy nominated series “Helpsters,” “Helpsters Help You” are original shorts produced in partnership with Sesame Workshop, created to empower and comfort children in the time of COVID-19.

The sixth and final episode features popular alt-rock musicians Grouplove,
who join Cody in singing a song to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who’s keeping us safe, happy, and healthy.



Apple Orders “Hedy Lamarr,” Starring and Executive Produced by Gal Gadot





Apple Orders “Hedy Lamarr,” Starring and Executive Produced by Gal Gadot
The project, written and executive produced by Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Treem, was previously set up at Showtime.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple orders “Hedy Lamarr,” starring and executive produced by Gal Gadot

“Hedy Lamarr” to premiere globally on Apple TV+, joining star-studded slate of limited series including “Defending Jacob” and the upcoming “Lisey’s Story” and “The Shrink Next Door”

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to “Hedy Lamarr,” a new eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman” franchise), and written and executive produced by Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Treem (“The Affair,” “House of Cards,” “In Treatment”).

Hailed as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr was first exalted and iconized, then destroyed and eventually forgotten by American audiences, all the while keeping her brilliant mind active through a series of inventions, one of which became the basis for the spread spectrum technology we use today. The series will follow the incredible life story of the Hollywood glamour girl, spanning 30 years from Hedy’s daring escape from prewar Vienna, to her meteoric rise in the Golden Age of Hollywood, to her fall and eventual disgrace at the dawn of the Cold War. An epic tale of an immigrant woman both ahead of her time and very much a victim to it.

The notion for the historical drama originated from Gadot and producing partner Jaron Varsano (“My Dearest Fidel”), who then partnered with Emmy and BAFTA Award winner Warren Littlefield (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Treem, the latter of whom created the series. In addition to Gadot and Treem, “Hedy Lamarr” will be executive produced by Littlefield and Katie Robbins (“The Affair”). Gadot and Varsano will produce through their production company, Pilot Wave. Adam Haggiag (“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”) and Alexandra Dean (“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”) will serve as co-producers, with Hedy Lamarr’s children Anthony Loder and Denise Deluca consulting on the series.

Endeavor Content serves as the studio on “Hedy Lamarr,” which will join a growing lineup on Apple TV+ of award-winning and hit originals including limited series “Defending Jacob”; upcoming limited series “Lisey’s Story,” written and executive produced by Stephen King and starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore; recently announced limited comedy series “The Shrink Next Door,” starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd; Golden Globe-nominated and Critics Choice and SAG award-winning series “The Morning Show”; as well as the soon-to-premiere animated musical comedy series “Central Park” from Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard, “Frozen” Grammy winner Josh Gad and Emmy winner Nora Smith; “Dear… ,” a new docuseries from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler; and documentary film “Dads” from director Bryce Dallas Howard.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.1 For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

1 One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. Visit apple.com/promo for more information.



Apple to Reboot Emmy Award-Winning Fan Favorite “Fraggle Rock”





Apple to Reboot Emmy Award-Winning Fan Favorite “Fraggle Rock” as All-New Original Series for Kids and Families
Produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency, the series will reunite the original stars – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Travelling Matt – for new songs and adventures, with the same spirit as the classic.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple to reboot Emmy Award-winning fan favorite “Fraggle Rock” as all-new original series for kids and families

New original “Fraggle Rock” series to join lineup of Apple Originals for kids and families, including “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” shorts, Parents Choice Award-winning “Helpsters” from Sesame Workshop, and Annie Award-winning “Snoopy in Space” from Peanuts

Following the overwhelming global fandom around the recent debut of the Apple TV+ shorts “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!,” Apple today announced a new partnership with The Jim Henson Company to reboot the beloved classic series “Fraggle Rock.”

The new “Fraggle Rock” series will be reimagined as a global Apple Original series for new generations of fans to enjoy together on Apple TV+. Produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency, the series will reunite the original stars – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Travelling Matt – for new songs and adventures, with the same spirit as the classic.

Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford will executive produce the new series for The Jim Henson Company. Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer of New Regency and long-time Henson collaborator John Tartaglia (“Splash and Bubbles,” “Johnny and the Sprites”) are also executive producing. Showrunners Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson (“New Girl,” “American Dad,” “Community”) are attached to executive produce and write. Rita Peruggi (“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” “Yo Gabba Gabba!”) will produce. Dave Goelz (performing Boober and Uncle Travelling Matt) and Karen Prell (performing Red) are also attached to the project. Harvey Mason Jr. is the executive music producer for the series.

“Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” is now streaming for free on Apple TV+, with new mini-episodes featuring award-winning special guests Alanis Morissette, Common, Jason Mraz, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish and Ziggy Marley. The series aims to show everyone how we are all connected through friendship with new stories and favorite Fraggle songs from the same beloved characters of the classic ’80s series. The project is produced by The Jim Henson Company in accordance with the COVID-19 “Safer at Home” guidelines, and is all shot on iPhone 11 phones from the homes of the production team and individual artists from all over the US. “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” is executive produced by Halle Stanford and John Tartaglia.

The new “Fraggle Rock” series will join an award-winning lineup of today’s most trusted franchises in kids and family programming, including the Emmy-nominated, Common Sense and Parents Choice Award-winning “Helpsters” and “Ghostwriter” from Sesame Workshop; and the Emmy-nominated, Annie and DGA Award-winning “Snoopy in Space” from Peanuts. With families around the world staying at home, Apple is featuring curated collections of TV shows, movies, music, podcasts, books, apps and games for families and kids of all ages. These collections have been created to help parents inspire and entertain their kids and to assist teachers who are exploring creative ways to facilitate remote learning.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.1 For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

1 One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. Visit apple.com/promo for more information.



Apple’s “Little Voice” to Debut Globally Friday, July 10 on Apple TV+





Apple’s “Little Voice” from Emmy Award Winner J.J. Abrams, Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson to Debut Globally Friday, July 10 on Apple TV+
Brittany O’Grady, Sean Teale, Colton Ryan, Shalini Bathina, Kevin Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Chuck Cooper star in the series, billed as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple’s “Little Voice” from Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson to debut globally Friday, July 10 on Apple TV+

First look revealed for new half-hour coming-of-age drama series featuring original music from Sara Bareilles

Apple today unveiled a first look at “Little Voice,” a fresh, intensely romantic tale from the award-winning team of J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson that will premiere globally on Apple TV+, alongside a slate of acclaimed original series and films, on Friday, July 10. Apple TV+ also revealed the first-look image for the highly anticipated series.

A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York starring Brittany O’Grady, Sean Teale, Colton Ryan, Shalini Bathina, Kevin Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Chuck Cooper, “Little Voice” follows Bess King (O’Grady), a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love and complicated family issues. Featuring original music by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles, this is a story about finding your authentic voice – and the courage to use it.

“Little Voice” is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Trek,” “Lost”), Sara Bareilles, Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam,” “Stepmom,” “Waitress”) and Ben Stephenson (“Westworld”) are executive producers. Nelson also wrote and directed the first episode.

The new series will join a lineup of award-winning and hit original series on Apple TV+ including “Defending Jacob,” “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” and the Golden Globe-nominated and Critics Choice and SAG award-winning series “The Morning Show”; as well as the soon-to-premiere animated musical comedy series “Central Park” from Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard alongside “Frozen” Grammy winner Josh Gad and Emmy winner Nora Smith; “Dear… ,” a new docuseries from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler; and documentary film “Dads” from director Bryce Dallas Howard.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.1 For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

1 One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. Visit apple.com/promo for more information.



Apple Releases Trailer for Inspiring New Docuseries “Dear…”





Video: Apple Releases Trailer for Inspiring New Docuseries “Dear…” Featuring Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland and More
The first season will profile 10 game-changing icons, showcasing how one person’s person’s story can change the world through the people whose lives they’ve inspired.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple Releases Trailer for Inspiring New Docuseries “Dear…” Featuring Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland and more

New docuseries from Emmy and Peabody Award-winner R.J. Cutler premieres globally June 5, 2020 on Apple TV+

Apple today released the trailer for “Dear…,” a highly anticipated docuseries from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler that will premiere globally June 5, exclusively on Apple TV+. The first season will profile ten game-changing icons, showcasing how one person’s person’s story can change the world through the people whose lives they’ve inspired.

Inspired by Apple’s groundbreaking “Dear Apple” spots, “Dear… ” takes an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work. The first season features internationally recognized changemakers including:

· Oprah Winfrey

· Gloria Steinem

· Spike Lee

· Lin-Manuel Miranda

· Yara Shahidi

· Stevie Wonder

· Aly Raisman

· Misty Copeland

· Big Bird

“Dear… ” is executive produced by Cutler alongside Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Cha and Lyle Gamm. Matador Content produces the series for Apple.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.* For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.



Apple Announces Short-Form Sports Docuseries “Greatness Code”





Apple Announces Short-Form Sports Docuseries “Greatness Code” from Uninterrupted, Religion of Sports and Filmmaker Gotham Chopra, Featuring LeBron James, Tom Brady and More
Alex Morgan, Shaun White, Usain Bolt, Katie Ledecky and Kelly Slater are also featured in the series.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple announces short-form sports docuseries “Greatness Code” from Uninterrupted, Religion of Sports and filmmaker Gotham Chopra, featuring LeBron James, Tom Brady and more

Complete first season featuring stories from renowned athletes LeBron James, Tom Brady, Alex Morgan, Shaun White, Usain Bolt and more to premiere globally July 10 on Apple TV+

On the heels of debuting multiple critically acclaimed unscripted programming, including the hit documentary “Beastie Boys Story” and broadly praised docuseries “Home” and “Visible,” Apple today announced “Greatness Code,” a short-form documentary series co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports, and directed by Gotham Chopra. “Greatness Code” will join Apple’s slate of award-winning programming, and debut globally July 10 exclusively on Apple TV+.

“Greatness Code” is a landmark short-form unscripted series that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world. The first season unfolds with seven mini episodes, each examining a pivotal moment that defined an athlete’s career. Internationally revered athletes featured in season one include:

Four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist LeBron James

Six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady

Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team Alex Morgan

Record-holding Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White

World’s fastest man and eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt

Five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world champion swimmer Katie Ledecky

11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater

“Greatness Code” is a co-production between powerhouse sports content platforms Religion of Sports, which is co-founded by Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady and NFL Hall of Fame legend Michael Strahan, and Uninterrupted, the athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The series is directed by Gotham Chopra, who also executive produces through Religion of Sports, and executive produced by Maverick Carter via Uninterrupted. Ameeth Sankaran also serves as executive producer through Religion of Sports, and Devin Johnson executive produces via Uninterrupted.

“Greatness Code” will stream alongside a growing slate of acclaimed unscripted Apple Originals including the soon-to-premiere “Dear… “; “Beastie Boys Story,” which has been hailed as a “moving and generous elegy” by the New York Times; “Visible: Out On Television,” noted as “perhaps the greatest TV accomplishment of 2020 thus far… ” by The Hollywood Reporter; and soon-to-premiere documentaries “Dads,” from director Bryce Dallas Howard, and official 2020 Sundance Selection and SXSW 2020 Louis Black “Lone Star” Award recipient “Boys State.”



“Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” to Premiere Friday, May 22 Exclusively on Apple TV+





Game On: Special, New Episode of Apple’s Critically Acclaimed Comedy “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” to Premiere Friday, May 22 Exclusively on Apple TV+
“Mythic Quest: Quarantine” is a new, half-hour installment that finds the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time tasked with working from home.
[via press release from Apple]
GAME ON: SPECIAL, NEW EPISODE OF APPLE’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED COMEDY “MYTHIC QUEST: RAVEN’S BANQUET” TO PREMIERE FRIDAY, MAY 22 EXCLUSIVELY ON APPLE TV+

‘Mythic Quest: Quarantine,’ Brings Ensemble Cast Together for New Installment Filmed Remotely on iPhone

Apple today announced that its critically hailed workplace comedy series, “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” will return Friday, May 22, with the debut of “Mythic Quest: Quarantine,” a special, new episode written, filmed and edited in quarantine.

“Mythic Quest: Quarantine” is a new, half-hour installment that finds the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time tasked with working from home. Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) and Ian (Rob McElhenney) struggle with solitude, while Brad (Danny Pudi) and David (David Hornsby) start a charitable competition. Assistant Jo (Jessie Ennis) tries to explain video-conferencing to C.W. (F. Murray Abraham) with mixed results. To produce the episode, the cast and crew worked remotely in multiple locations across the country.

“Mythic Quest: Quarantine” is written by star, co-creator and executive producer Rob McElhenney, co-creator and executive producer Megan Ganz and executive producer and star David Hornsby; and, reunites the ensemble cast including McElhenney, Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham, Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Ashly Burch, David Hornsby, Craig Mazin, Naomi Ekperigin, Caitlin McGee, Jessie Ennis and Humphrey Ker.

“Lots of workplaces are figuring out this whole working-from-home thing, and the gaming industry is no different. Virtual meetings are a new and special kind of hell, so I think people will relate,” said Rob McElhenney. “Yes we’ve all had low points, but there have also been incredible moments of triumph and we wanted to celebrate that.”

“We needed to shoot this episode fast without sacrificing quality. Thankfully, we’re living in a time when everyone’s got a camera in their pocket. Having an iPhone coupled with the ingenuity of our crew, allowed us to make this unique piece of television in just days. We hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Co-created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz, “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. The complete first season is now streaming globally on Apple TV+, and has already been picked up for a second season. Since its premiere, the comedy has been hailed by critics as “funny, heartfelt, clever, fast-paced, and unexpected” anchored by “one of comedy’s best new casts” and recognized as “one of the best new shows of 2020.”

“Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” is executive produced by McElhenney and Day under their RCG banner; Michael Rotenberg and Nicholas Frenkel on behalf of 3Arts; and Jason Altman, Danielle Kreinik and Gérard Guillemot, for Ubisoft Film & Television. David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Megan Ganz (“Modern Family,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) also executive produce. The series is produced by the Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment and Ubisoft.

ABOUT APPLE TV+

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.*

*One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply; visit apple.com/ promo for more information.



“Dads” – Premieres Globally on Apple TV+ June 19





“Dads” – Premieres Globally on Apple TV+ June 19
Featuring six extraordinary fathers from across the globe, this film offers a firsthand glimpse into the trials and tribulations of modern-day parenting through revealing interviews, rare home-movie footage, viral videos, and hilarious and thoughtful testimonials from some of Hollywood’s funniest celebrities.
[via press release from Apple]
An Apple Original

DADS

PREMIERES GLOBALLY ON APPLE TV+ JUNE 19

Apple today unveiled that new documentary and official selection of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, “Dads,” is set to make its global premiere just in time for Father’s Day on Friday, June 19, exclusively on Apple TV+.

“Dads” is a heartfelt and humorous documentary that celebrates the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world. Featuring six extraordinary fathers from across the globe, this film offers a firsthand glimpse into the trials and tribulations of modern-day parenting through revealing interviews, rare home-movie footage, viral videos, and hilarious and thoughtful testimonials from some of Hollywood’s funniest celebrities, including Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ron Howard, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Will Smith and more. Making her feature directorial debut, Bryce Dallas Howard also offers an intimate look at the dads in her own family, including remarkable interviews with her late grandfather Rance, her father Ron and her brother Reed.

“Dads” is part of Apple’s exclusive, first-look deal with Imagine Documentaries. The film is produced by Nine Muses Entertainment, in association with Dove Men+Care.

DIRECTED BY

Bryce Dallas Howard (directorial debut)

CAST

Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ron Howard, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Will Smith, Kenan Thompson Rance Howard, Reed Howard, Glen Henry, Robert Selby, Thiago Queiroz, Shuichi Sakuma, Rob Scheer, and Reece Scheer

PRODUCERS

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Michael Rosenberg, Justin Wilkes, Walter Matteson, Bryce Dallas Howard

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Kelly Mullen, Giles Morrison, Meredith Kaulfers, Marc Gilbar, Sara Bernstein

MPA RATING

PG

RUN TIME

81 minutes

ABOUT APPLE TV+

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.*

*One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply; visit apple.com/promo for more information.



FIRST-LOOK CLIP: J.K. SIMMONS IN “DEFENDING JACOB”

APPLE REVEALS FIRST-LOOK OF ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER J.K. SIMMONS AS CHILLING “BILLY BARBER” IN GLOBAL HIT SERIES “DEFENDING JACOB”

New Episode Premieres this Friday, May 8 Exclusively on Apple TV+

“Gripping” – The Boston Globe

“Seductive in its detail” – The Wall Street Journal

“Must See” – Entertainment Weekly


J.K. Simmons stars as Billy Barber in “Defending Jacob”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Apple

VIEW FIRST LOOK:

New Episode Premieres This Friday, May 8 on Apple TV+

This Friday, Academy award-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, “Counterpart”) will be unveiled as Billy Barber, Andy Barber’s (Chris Evans) estranged father, in Apple TV+’s global hit series “Defending Jacob.” Hailed by critics and fans alike for its stellar cast and gripping storyline, “Defending Jacob” will continue to unfold around the world with a new must-see episode this Friday, May 8.

In the upcoming fifth episode titled, “Visitors,” available on Friday, May 8th, Andy (Evans) visits his father Billy (Simmons) and learns some troubling information from Jacob’s friends Derek and Sarah.

The series, based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Betty Gabriel, Pablo Schreiber and Sakina Jaffrey. “Defending Jacob” is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, and written and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who also serves as showrunner. All eight episodes of the series are directed by Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum, who also serves as executive producer. Chris Evans stars and executive producers, alongside Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman who executive produce for Anonymous Content.

ABOUT “DEFENDING JACOB” – New Episodes Premiere Fridays
“Defending Jacob” is a gripping, character-driven drama based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay. Starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel, Sakina Jaffrey and J.K. Simmons, the limited series unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town, and follows an assistant district attorney who finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

ABOUT APPLE TV+
Apple TV+ is available in more than 100 countries on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.