EXCLUSIVE: Apple Original Films has set a first-look feature deal with Nike’s Waffle Iron Entertainment and Makeready, to develop and produce sports films.
The companies will team up to deliver a slate of films to inspire the next generation of athletes and celebrate the power of sport. It comes at a moment when streamers are leaning heavily into live sports rights and narrative and docu content focusing on athletics.
In the linkup between two giant brands, Apple will finance and distribute the projects, and Nike’s dedicated production label Waffle Iron’s Justin Biskin will produce along with Makeready’s Brad Weston and Collin Creighton. Weston has shepherded sports films that include the Oscar-nominated The Fighter when he headed production at Paramount Pictures. Under Zack Van Amburg & Jamie Erlicht, two year old Apple Original Films is coming off its first Best Picture Oscar for CODA, and is squarely in the sports game for its Emmy-winning series Ted Lasso. Apple is currently developing the untitled Formula One racing film that Brad Pitt will star in, directed by Top Gun: Maverick helmer Joseph Kosinski. Formua One champ Sir Lewis Hamilton is producing.
Apple TV+‘s reach into sports also includes the four part Magic Johnson docuseries They Call Me Magic, and Greatness Code, revealing what truly drives the world’s greatest athletes to succeed featuring Lindsey Vonn, Marcus Rashford, Russell Wilson, and more. There is also the New England Patriots docu The Dynasty, from Imagine’s Brian Grazer & Ron Howard, and NFL Films.
WME repped Weston. Makeready has its overall deal with Endeavor Content. Nike’s Waffle Iron is repped by Jae Goodman at Observatory.
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