8:27am PT by Rick Porter
Martin Scorsese Inks First-Look TV, Film Deal With Apple
Martin Scorsese is formalizing his relationship with Apple.
The Oscar-winning director and producer's Sikelia Productions has signed a first-look film and TV deal with the tech giant. Under the multiyear deal, Scorsese will develop film and TV projects for Apple's TV+ streaming platform.
The deal comes as Scorsese is working on feature film Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, for Apple. It's his second straight feature made for a streaming outlet, following The Irishman on Netflix.
Scorsese formed Sikelia Productions in 2003 and the company has produced all of the auteur's projects since then, including features The Irishman, Silence, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Departed, documentaries The 50 Year Argument and Shine a Light, and HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl, among others.
Apple has struck deals with a number of studios and production companies, among them DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson's Appian Way, Idris Elba's Green Door Pictures, Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions and A24 and Imagine Documentaries. The tech giant also has kids' content deals with Sesame Workshop and Peanuts.
As it grows its streaming business, Apple has also signed individual deals with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Alfonso Cuarón, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Justin Lin, The Morning Show's Kerry Ehrin, Little America's Lee Eisenberg and Sharon Horgan.
Scorsese is repped by LBI Entertainment and WME.