Unsurprisingly, Apple is putting a fair amount of money on its original movie and series platform, the Apple TV +. Which may be news that some of Ma's productions may have a budget similar to that of the biggest blockbuster on American TV or even some blockbusters from Hollywood.
O Wall street journal recently published a report dealing with this escalation in TV series costs and revealed an impressive number related to See, one of the original Apple TV + productions. According to the story, Ma is spending about $ 15 million by episode in the first season of the series.
The budget similar to what the HBO spent per episode in the last season of the phenomenon "Game of Thrones", and also equates overproduction of Disney +, “The Mandalorian”, located in the universe of "Star Wars" and which will debut next November. More than that: Given the traditional ten episodes per season, we find that companies are spending up to $ 150 million for a season of television production similar to that of most blockbusters Hollywoodians.
THE Amazon Another company with its wallet wide open for the world of television production: According to sources, Jeff Bezos's company has signed a $ 250 million contract to produce a future series based on "The Lord of the Rings" and that value refers to only to book rights.
The explanation for the simple phenomenon is that it is increasingly common for movies and series to share space on streaming. Producers (whether Apple, Amazon, HBO, or Disney), therefore, cannot risk offering products that seem inferior or of a more modest budget simply because they were made for TV. The tendency is to weaken each day the idea that the TV product looks cheaper.
This inflation of the television budget goes through various aspects of production, from production design to photography / location spending and the hiring of Hollywood star names for the series. Seefor example being captained by Jason Momoa, which gained fame precisely with "Game of Thrones" and now a top-notch star with his main role in Aquaman.
Interestingly, the queen of streaming which, on the other hand, is tightening spending a little: according to WSJ, a Netflix They are taking steps to save a little more on their production going forward. That's because even all the money in the world doesn't necessarily guarantee success: just look at the case of The Get Down, a giant series that cost $ 7.5 million per episode and was canceled with just one season.
Obviously, not all Apple TV + series need to be megaproducts we also have smaller, more intimate and more mature series. One of them has just been announced.
According to Chortle, Apple has partnered with the BBC to produce the series Alabama, a dramatic comedy written by Andy Wolton and starring Imelda staunton, nominated for an Oscar for "The Secret of Vera Drake" and known for the "Harry Potter" movie series. Jim O'Hanlon from “Catastrophe”, should act as showrunner.
There is still no more information on the theme or synopsis of the series, but it should hit Apple TV + sometime next year.