Apple Lands Rights to Climate Change TV Series From Anonymous Content

The drama is based on Nathaniel Rich's New York Times Magazine story "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change," and his upcoming book, 'Losing Earth.'
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Anonymous Content's Steve Golin

Apple is ready to explore the world of climate change.

In a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding, the tech giant is teaming with Anonymous Content to produce a TV series based on Nathaniel Rich's New York Times Magazine story "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change," and his upcoming book, Losing Earth.

Rich will executive produce the potential TV series alongside Anonymous Content's Steve Golin (Spotlight).

Losing Earth is Rich's story of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians who between 1979 and 1989 tried to save the world from the ravages of climate change before it was too late. The piece occupied an entire special issue of the magazine.

Produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center, Losing Earth is based on more than 18 months of original reporting, more than 100 interviews and thousands of archival documents — many previously unreported — from government and industry sources. In recounting the story of the decisive decade when humankind first gained a broad understanding of global warming, the article raises difficult questions about human nature and the moral dimensions of climate change. Rich's forthcoming book will feature an expanded narrative and broader discussion of the current and future state of the crisis. The book, from MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is due in 2019 with a special edition for young readers to arrive afterward.

Rich is repped by the Cheney Agency.

Losing Earth is Apple's latest TV series buy as the iPhone maker continues to collect IP and ramp up its scripted originals. Still to be determined is when — and how — Apple will release its roster of high-profile productions.

For Anonymous Content, Losing Earth joins straight-to-series orders Dickinson and the untitled Hilde Lysiak drama at Apple. The two companies are also developing Shantaram as the tech giant's first international offering.