Car­toon Sa­loon to make film for Ap­ple

Irish Independent - - News - Anousha Sak­oui

AP­PLE has de­cided on its next Hol­ly­wood act – mak­ing fea­ture films – and the tech gi­ant is team­ing up with an Ir­ish com­pany to make it hap­pen.

Ap­ple is in talks with Car­toon Sa­loon, a Kilkenny-based, Os­car-nom­i­nated an­i­ma­tion stu­dio, and a deal is near for the rights to an an­i­mated movie as part of its up­com­ing slate of orig­i­nal video of­fer­ings.

The movie has yet to be made and is more than a year from re­lease, but Ap­ple has been in talks to buy dis­tri­bu­tion rights for the US and some other coun­tries, sources said. It is un­clear how Ap­ple plans to make the movie avail­able, but a cin­ema re­lease, nec­es­sary to qual­ify for Acad­emy Awards, was pos­si­ble, one source said.

Ap­ple and Car­toon Sa­loon had no im­me­di­ate com­ment yes­ter­day.

Car­toon Sa­loon has re­ceived Os­car nom­i­na­tions for three an­i­mated films, ‘Se­cret of Kells’, ‘The Bread­win­ner’ and ‘Song of the Sea’, a 2014 pro­duc­tion based on Ir­ish folk­lore.

The stu­dio makes short movies as well as fea­ture films and TV shows.

The Emmy-nom­i­nated preschool se­ries ‘Puf­fin Rock’ is streamed glob­ally on Net­flix in more than 25 lan­guages. On Ten­cent Hold­ings’ stream­ing ser­vice, it has been viewed nearly 100 mil­lion times in China, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

The talks mark a new level of am­bi­tion for Ap­ple’s plan to take on Net­flix, Google and Ama­zon in the booming on­line video mar­ket.

Ap­ple has struck sev­eral deals for orig­i­nal TV shows and doc­u­men­taries, in­clud­ing one about singer Ed Sheeran. But the com­pany hasn’t an­nounced any movies so far.

Last year, Ap­ple hired TV in­dus­try vet­er­ans Jamie Er­licht and Zack Van Am­burg to build an in-house stu­dio. The two ex­ec­u­tives re­ceived a bud­get of at least $1bn to spend in a year, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the plans have said.

‘The Bread­win­ner’ was nom­i­nated for an Os­car

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