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Martin Scorsese joins Apple TV’s Hollywood roster with multi-year deal

Scorsese will produce the projects through his company, Sikelia Productions

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MUMBAI: Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will produce film and TV projects for Apple Inc’s streaming service under a multi-year deal, the company said recently. This move comes after digital video platforms battle for Hollywood’s top talent.

Scorsese, the maker of Netflix’s The Irishman and director of other classics like Goodfellas, Taxi Driver will produce the projects through his company Sikelia Productions.

He joins Oprah Winfrey, Alfonso Cuaron, Ridley Scott, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and others who have reached agreements to make programming for Apple TV+, the iPhone maker’s dollar 5-a-month subscription streaming service.

Apple had previously announced it would produce Scorsese’s upcoming drama Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. The movie will appear on Apple TV+ after it is distributed in theatres by Paramount Pictures, a unit of ViacomCBS Inc.

Apart from this, the company has recently done deals with production companies and talent, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson's Appian Way and Idris Elba's Green Door Pictures.

Apple TV+ also earned its first Emmy nominations last month, with nominations for The Morning Show, Central Park, Defending Jacob, The Elephant Queen, and The Beastie Boys Story.  

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