Masters of the Air will be Apple's first in-house Apple TV+ show

Apple TV+ with Tim Cook
Apple TV+ with Tim Cook (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has formed its own production studio.
  • Its first show will be Masters of the Air.
  • The show is a sequel to Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

HBO's Band of Brothers and The Pacific were huge hits, mostly thanks to being awesome. Now Apple TV+ is getting the sequel called Masters of the Air according to Variety.

This will be the first show from the newly formed Masters production team within Apple. Worldwide video leads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht are in charge of the whole shebang.

Based on the book by Donald L. Miller, "Masters of the Air" is said to follow the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler's doorstep. The series is being written by "Band of Brothers" alumnus John Orloff, who is also a co-executive producer. The critically acclaimed "Band of Brothers" miniseries aired on HBO back in 2001, and featured "Homeland" and "Billions" star Damian Lewis in one of the lead roles. The show won a handful of Emmys and a Golden Globe, while its successor "The Pacific" was also an awards season success.

There are plenty of big names involved throughout, many of which have worked on the previous series.

[Steven]Spielberg is exec producing via his Amblin Television banner, alongside [Tom] Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone. Graham Yost, also an alumnus from "Band of Brothers," will co-executive produce alongside Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and Steven Shareshian of Playtone.

Masters of the Air will be an exclusive Apple TV+ series although we don't know when it will be ready to stream.

Apple TV+ goes live on November 1st with a limited selection of shows. More will be arriving when ready, though. Streamers can pay $4.99 per month for access for the whole family with buyers of Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac machines all receiving a free year of access.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.