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A+E’s Molly Thompson to head up docs division for Apple

A&E IndieFilms founder Molly Thompson is joining Apple’s upcoming streamer as head of documentaries, Realscreen has confirmed. Thompson (pictured) was previously head of documentary films for A+E Networks. She assumed the role ...
April 16, 2019

A&E IndieFilms founder Molly Thompson is joining Apple’s upcoming streamer as head of documentaries, Realscreen has confirmed.

Thompson (pictured) was previously head of documentary films for A+E Networks. She assumed the role in January 2018 and served as an executive producer on several projects, including The Clinton Affair, A&E’s Watergate docuseries, Studio 54, City of Ghosts, Life, Animated, Cartel Land, Murderball and Jesus Camp.

Additionally, she served as executive producer on A+E Networks’ slate of docs under the ‘History Films’ banner at the History channel, including Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Meeting Gorbachev, Janet Tobias’s No Place on Earth, Errol Morris’s The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld, Douglas Tirola‘s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon and the Johnny Knoxville-produced Being Evel.

She founded A&E IndieFilms, the feature film production arm of A+E Networks, in 2005.

Apple unveiled its streaming service Apple TV+ last month.

The only unscripted content announcement made so far came from Oprah Winfrey at Apple’s star-studded press event in Cupertino, California, on March 25. In addition to reviving her book club, Winfrey has two documentary projects coming to Apple TV+. Toxic Labor (w/t) will explore sexual harassment, abuse and assault in the workplace, while an untitled second project will look at mental health with the aim of reducing stigma and shame.

Apple TV+ will be ad-free and feature more than 100 original titles when it launches in the fall. A precise launch date has not yet been set, and it remains unknown how much the service will cost.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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