Apple is digging into the more than $1 billion it has set aside for original programming to create its first known television project: a revival of a Steven Spielberg series from the 1980s.
The tech giant struck a 10-episode deal to revive Mr. Spielberg’s NBC anthology series, “Amazing Stories,” NBCUniversal confirmed on Tuesday. Apple made the deal with Mr. Spielberg’s Amblin Television and NBCUniversal’s production arm.
Over the past two months, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who left Sony Pictures Television in June to lead Apple’s new programming unit, have been staffing up and scouting projects. They are leading a big-budget effort to compete against Apple’s rival Silicon Valley titans Facebook and Google, which have followed Netflix and Amazon into the streaming business.
“We love being at the forefront of Apple’s investment in scripted programming,” Jennifer Salke, NBC’s entertainment president, said in a statement.
For “Amazing Stories,” Bryan Fuller, whose credits include “Hannibal,” “American Gods” and “Heroes,” will serve as executive producer. It was not clear if Mr. Spielberg would be actively involved in the series.
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