File this under stories we didn’t expect to see today from the Apple TV+ universe. Jony Ive appears to be making his first public collaboration with Apple since retiring from vice president of design three years ago. Meanwhile, the fictional dating app from the second season of “Ted Lasso” is about to be real.
Jony Ive, executive producer
Remember Jony Ive, the famed Apple designer responsible for everything from the look of the iPhone to iOS 7? After leaving the company in 2019, Ive founded his own design company called LoveFrom. Apple was a customer and Ive was partly credited for the new iMac design. Still, there was never a definitive public collaboration, and the arrangement recently ended.
Now, Ive seems to be adding the executive producer role to his post-Apple job roster, much like nemesis and former colleague Scott Forstall. Apple assigns Ive to produce alongside Woody Harrelson for the upcoming TV+ animated film:
Matthew Freud presents a film by Charlie Mackesy, produced by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Cara Speller (“Love, Death & Robots”, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”, “Rocket & Groot”) from NoneMore Productions and Emmy Award winner JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot Productions. Directed by Peter Baynton (“The Tiger Who Came To Tea”) and Charlie Mackesy, the film is adapted from the original book in collaboration with Jon Croker (“Paddington 2”). The film is produced by Jony Ive and Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”). Original music by composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted by Geoff Alexander.
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” is based on a book of the same name and will debut this Christmas. Unless there’s another Jony Ive running around Hollywood, it looks like Ive and his friend Woody Harrelson (who attended Jony’s Christmas tree unveiling) are supporting the project involving JJ Abrams. . (I also influenced the design of a lightsaber used in JJ’s first Star Wars movie.)
Bantr on Bumble
Meanwhile, and I realize that word does a lot of work here, the fictional dating app from the second season of “Ted Lasso” is coming to life through a partnership with the real-life dating app Bumble. No, seriously, we’re not kidding:
In Ted Lasso, Bantr asks users to chat without seeing any photos of each other so that they can create a connection based solely on their conversations. To celebrate Emmy-winning comedy and to deliver an exciting new dating journey to our community, Bumble is bringing a Bantr experience to life.
Bantr Live, as the new Bumble feature is called, will go live on October 13, with registration opening tomorrow. The Lasso-inspired feature will be available every Thursday at 7 p.m. local time for Bumblers through 2022. Honestly, how weird is it to release in 2022? Either way, let us know or don’t let us know how your experience is going in the comments!
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