Following Variety‘s exclusive report in December, Apple is officially announcing its multi-year content partnership with David Ellison’s Skydance Animation.
The agreement, which includes the previously announced feature films “Luck” and “Spellbound,” will also include what Apple billed as “first-ever theatrical-quality animated television series” for Apple TV Plus subscribers.
Skydance Animation is a division of David Ellison’s Skydance Media which is run by John Lasseter and president Holly Edwards. The deal reunites Lasseter with the Cupertino giant decades after he founded Pixar with the late Steve Jobs.
The first series up is “The Search for WondLa,” which scored a two-season order to start, based on the beloved book series by Tony DiTerlizzi. The Apple original will be written and executive produced by showrunner Lauren Montgomery, with Chad Quant, DiTerlizzi, and Gotham Group also serving as executive producers. Several other titles are expected to be announced in the coming months.
“Luck,” from director Peggy Holmes and writer Kiel Murray, follows the unluckiest girl in the world thrown into battle in an unseen world of good and bad luck. The musical feature “Spellbound” follows a young female lead hoping to break the spell that divides her magical kingdom, and comes from director Vicky Jenson and writers Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin and Linda Woolverton.
In just over a year since launch, Apple Originals have been honored with 242 awards nominations and 66 wins, including Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, an NAACP Image Award, a Peabody Award and more.
More to come …