Another day, another major landmark deal for Apple and its upcoming streaming service.
On Friday, Variety reports that Apple has secured a deal with DHX Media, which will bring all-new, original content based on the Peanuts franchise. That means Apple will be releasing a variety of different pieces in the future, including shorts, specials, and a brand new original series. DHX Media will be working with its subsidiary Peanuts Worldwide to create the content.
One thing not mentioned? Existing content based on the Peanuts franchise. While Apple will be releasing the new content on its streaming service at some point in the future, there is no mention of any of the existing content that’s already out there, like the fantastic It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, being available on Apple’s service. We do know that at least one of the new shorts will be starring Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s lovable pup, as an astronaut and content focused on STEM education.
Charles M. Schulz created Peanuts back in the 1950s, which started out as a simple strip in the comics strip in newspapers (remember them?). Since then, the franchise has exploded into a variety of other media, including TV shows, specials, and movies. The last movie, for instance, The Peanuts Movie, was released in 2015 — and was pretty fantastic.
Another solid deal for Apple, which has been making these on a semi-regular basis for quite some time. That includes a major partnership with the production studio A24 for new movies and TV shows, a brand new J.J. Abrams-produced limited series starring Jennifer Garner, and much more.