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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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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