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Apple TV+, Malala Yousafzai team up for doc, scripted projects

Apple TV+ has signed a multi-year programming partnership with women’s rights activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and her production company Extracurricular to create documentaries and scripted originals. At age 16, ...
March 8, 2021

Apple TV+ has signed a multi-year programming partnership with women’s rights activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and her production company Extracurricular to create documentaries and scripted originals.

At age 16, Yousafzai (pictured) published her best-selling memoir I Am Malala. She’s since written two more books, appeared in a documentary about her early life (He Named Me Malala) and created Assembly, a digital publication for girls and young women available on Apple News.

Yousafzai also founded the Malala Fund, an international non-profit organization that advocates for girls’ education. In 2018, Apple became the fund’s first Laureate partner.

Apple TV+ recently ordered a two-part documentary on Oprah Winfrey from multi-platform entertainment prodco Happy Street, to be directed by Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Whitney).

Among the subscription streamer’s other recentĀ non-scripted projects isĀ the docuseries Gutsy Women from HiddenLight Productions, the venture from former U.S. Secretary of State, First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, her daughter Chelsea Clinton and filmmaker/entrepreneur Sam Branson.

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