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Apple Inks Deal With DHX Media to Produce and Release All-New 'Peanuts' Content

In one of the bigger deals for Apple's upcoming streaming TV service, Variety reports today that the Cupertino company has made a deal with DHX Media to produce all-new "Peanuts" content that will be exclusive to Apple.

Image via Variety/Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Under the deal, DHX and its subsidiary Peanuts Worldwide will develop and produce the original series, specials, and shorts, while Apple will release it on its streaming service. One such project will be a Peanuts short featuring astronaut Snoopy that will be themed around STEM education, which Apple has long supported.

It's unclear what else will be coming to Apple's service from the Peanuts characters, and the report makes no mention of Apple gaining the rights to existing Peanuts content. The franchise dates back to 1950, when Charles M. Schulz created the Peanuts comic strip, which has now grown into a larger media franchise of TV specials, feature films, short films, merchandise, and more.

News of content acquired by Apple for its streaming service has been increasing lately, and in the past few weeks we've heard about new cast members for shows from M. Night Shyamalan, a new series starring Jennifer Garner, and Apple's interest in a violent drama show starring Richard Gere. Previous rumors suggested Apple's TV service would launch around March 2019, but now Variety reports that the debut will be sometime in the second half of 2019.



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9 months ago
The first episode can talk about Snoopy having to sell his doghouse to afford a new iPhone.
Rating: 29 Votes
9 months ago
"In one of the bigger deals for Apple's upcoming streaming TV service, Variety ('https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/apple-peanuts-dhx-media-1203089976/') reports today that the Cupertino company has made a deal with DHX Media to produce all-new "Peanuts" content that will be exclusive to Apple."

Bad idea which I sincerely hope fails miserably. Charles Schulz never wanted anyone else to draw his characters; he made that a part of his contract with United Features. I would have hoped his wishes would be respected.
Rating: 19 Votes
9 months ago
Prepare yourselves, the Peanuts watch faces are coming…
Rating: 14 Votes
9 months ago
Good grief.



Rating: 13 Votes
9 months ago
They better continue to use Vince Guaraldi's music.
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago
Why is this in PRSI?

Anyway, I don’t think anyone asked for this, lol
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago
Schultz was a humble Christian man. I suspect what is going to happen to his creation will be appalling. And not just to Mr Schultz.
Rating: 8 Votes
9 months ago

I think everything on Mac Rumors can end up in PRSI these days and yes that is sad. Peanuts specifically always did have a very specific Christian message to it though. Someone will get offended over that and someone else will get offended over offense (or perceived as such) at Christianity. Good popcorn topic :p

Peanuts had "Christian" values, but not much of a Christian message that I can recall, outside of Linus' soliloquy in the Christmas special. Now, Family Circus, on the other hand...
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago

I'd like to explicitly tell them not to. The Peanuts gang are the Mascots at our local amusement park. It really is the saddest thing ever.

People need to quit looking at Apple's tech to point out that they've lost their edge. Just look at what they are green lighting for entertainment and it's clear they've hurled themselves off the edge and face planted on a bouncy castle.

So the A series mobile silicon is not universally known as best in the business?

They don’t have the best neural engine?

They don’t have some of the best cameras, video, and photo processing on the market?

Their designs don’t drive the entire industry?

FaceID isn’t the most secure and easiest to use facial recognition on the market?

AirPods aren’t the best, easiest to use, truly wireless headphones on the market for daily use?

ApplePay...the fastest, most secure, and anonymous form of payment possible is just like all the others?

Watch 4 with cellular and ECG is just commonplace in the market?

I like how people don’t notice or care for the innovation that exists, so they say it doesn’t. Apple is destroying the competition in so many categories, it’s almost unfair.

Apple has:
The best wearables in general
The best watch
The best silicon
The best neural engine..5T operations per second
The best mobile payment system
The best facial recondition
The best security
The best support
The best ecosystem
The best OS
Among the best screens, cameras, and materials used in the industry.

They aren’t even just ahead in software now. They are ahead in hardware too.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/14/apple-peanuts-content/')


In one of the bigger deals for Apple's upcoming streaming TV service, Variety ('https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/apple-peanuts-dhx-media-1203089976/') reports today that the Cupertino company has made a deal with DHX Media to produce all-new "Peanuts" content that will be exclusive to Apple.


Image via Variety/Peanuts Worldwide LLC


Under the deal, DHX and its subsidiary Peanuts Worldwide will develop and produce the original series, specials, and shorts, while Apple will release it on its streaming service. One such project will be a Peanuts short featuring astronaut Snoopy that will be themed around STEM education, which Apple has long supported.

It's unclear what else will be coming to Apple's service from the Peanuts characters, and the report makes no mention of Apple gaining the rights to existing Peanuts content. The franchise dates back to 1950, when Charles M. Schulz created the Peanuts comic strip, which has now grown into a larger media franchise of TV specials, feature films, short films, merchandise, and more.

News of content acquired by Apple for its streaming service has been increasing lately, and in the past few weeks we've heard about new cast members for shows from M. Night Shyamalan ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/05/toby-kebbell-apple-thriller/'), a new series starring Jennifer Garner ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/13/apple-jj-abrams-series-starring-jennifer-garner/'), and Apple's interest in a violent drama show starring Richard Gere ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/06/apple-mature-tv-richard-gere/'). Previous rumors suggested Apple's TV service would launch around March 2019, but now Variety reports that the debut will be sometime in the second half of 2019.

Article Link: Apple Inks Deal With DHX Media to Produce and Release All-New 'Peanuts' Content ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/14/apple-peanuts-content/')


As a direct descendant of Charles Schulz and as a matter of opinion, thus not speaking on record or in any official behalf I can say that I am excited for this new content. Apple did not purchases the rights to Peanuts. They have no power to “ruin” the original vision, this is obvious in the article headline. Also, I can say that at least half of everything posted in this forum is false. This is a micro-percentage of everything Peanuts Worldwide is involved in. Apple may or may not be successful in their content business but that doesn’t change the outcome of Peanuts. Cartoon Network already airs Peanuts content. Blue Sky was involved in the latest movie. Apple will simply be involved in new shows, it’s really that simple. Charles Schulz’s wishes are kept very close to the vest in the family and those with controlling power. These wishes have been and are currently valued and honored. I am also curious who at Apple looked at Peanuts and desired to have it in their content offering, out of pure curiosity. As a MacRumors reader for a decade I just had to offer my excitement!


And yes, I too hope to see Peanuts Watch Faces ;)
Rating: 6 Votes

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