8/31/2015: Apple eyes move into original programming
The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business.
Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.
However, sources emphasize that even with James taking on the CEO title, Rupert Murdoch will remain actively involved in the day-to-day management of the company. “He’s not going anywhere,” a source said of the 84-year-old media titan.
The New York Times is zeroing in on a possible replacement for David Carr, the influential media-industry columnist who died suddenly in February, according to people familiar with the situation.