‘Happy Days’ Ron Howard’s Entertainment Company Signs Huge Deal With Apple

by Will Shepard
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Ron Howard rose to prominence as a child television star. When he was just seven years old, he was cast in The Andy Griffith Show. Since then, his career has only gotten better. Now, he is one of Hollywood’s best directors, producers, and actors.

His career is continuing its incredible trajectory. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s company, Imagine Entertainment, is singing a multi-year, first-look deal with Apple. This is an impressive step for the Hollywood icon who will now make exclusive features for the tech giant’s streaming service.

To clarify, a first-look deal means that anything that Imagine Entertainment makes, Apple gets the first look. This means that the tech company can tell Imagine they want the film and then make it available exclusively on their site. But, they can also decline to take on the film and reject it. Then, Ron Howard can take the film to other companies to sell it.

One of Ron Howard’s previous movies includes the 2001 blockbuster, A Beautiful Mind. The movie won the best picture at the Oscars. He also made Hillbilly Elegy, which was nominated at the Golden Globes for having the best-supporting actress. Ron Howard has only made Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American Gangster, The Da Vinci Code, as well as Apollo 13.

Currently, Ron Howard’s company is producing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lasted project, Tick, Tick…Boom. The movie stars some ultra-famous actors, Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Judith Light, and Bradley Whitford. His company is also working on Thirteen Lives which is a remake of Terms of Endearment.

Ron Howard and His Company Are Signing a Deal With Apple

The multi-year deal is a new development for Ron Howard and Apple. However, Imagine Entertainment and Apple have been working together for a little while. The partnership has been mutually beneficial for both parties.

Together, Apple and Ron Howard have won an Emmy for outstanding single-camera editing. Apple is about to premiere a documentary that Image made about the Peanuts comic strip.

Apple is also extending the first-look deal to Imagine Documentaries. That company is not led by Ron Howard and run instead by Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein.

All in all, Imagine Entertainment and Apple’s partnership should have a profitable future together. Moreover, at the end of the day, lots of his movies and television shows will likely be available on the tech mogul’s streaming site.

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