BCS 1x10: Tonight’s season finale, ‘Marco,’ was written and directed by co-showrunner and executive producer, Peter Gould. He wrote 11 episodes of Breaking Bad, including the seminal “Better Call Saul” (2x08). He also directed 2 episodes of BrBa, “Granite State” and “Problem Dog.”
Apple just poached the team behind 'Breaking Bad' to help it make TV shows
(Ursula Coyote/AMC) Apple is apparently very serious about making TV shows.
The technology giant has hired two high-profile former Sony Pictures Television executives to head “all aspects of video programming,” Apple said on Friday.
The two executives, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, will report to Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services.
Both execs are well-regarded in Hollywood: Since 2005, when the pair joined Sony, they’ve been deeply involved in several hit TV shows, including AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” NBC’s “The Blacklist,” and Netflix’s “The Crown,” according to Variety.
Apple’s been signaling a big push into video for years, although it’s never launched a rumored online streaming service. It has funded and aired a few video programs under its Apple Music subscription service, including “Planet of the Apps,” a show about making apps that aired its second episode on Tuesday. Other TV-like shows, including its first scripted drama called “Vital Signs,” are expected to launch on Apple Music later this year. Apple Music also buys documentaries.
Apple hopes that a strong video component can help Apple Music distinguish itself from rivals including Spotify. That’s been the case for a while, but now the Silicon Valley giant has two Hollywood pros leading its efforts.
Apple Music has 27 million subscribers, and CEO Tim Cook said earlier this year that he hopes its online services division will do $50 billion in sales per year by 2020.
BCS 1x08: Tonight’s episode of Better Call Saul, “RICO,” is directed by Colin Bucksey and written by Gordon Smith. Both are members of the Villigang. Bucksey directed “Hero” as well as 4 episodes of Breaking Bad. The veteran British director’s other credits include Fargo, The Bridge, The 4400, Wiseguy, Miami Vice and many more. Smith wrote the Emmy-worthy Mike Ehrmantraut backstory, “Five-O.”
Tonight on BCS 1x06: We get Mike’s backstory! This is the moment I’ve been waiting for since I found out Jonathan Banks was cast on BCS. This episode was directed by Adam Bernstein, VIP member of the Villigang. Bernstein directed 8 episodes of Breaking Bad, the second most of any director, after Michelle MacLaren. He is married to Jessica Hecht, the actress who played BrBa’s Gretchen Schwartz. This episode was written by Gordon Smith, who was the writer’s assistant and researcher for Breaking Bad Season 5.
BCS 1x09: Tonight’s episode of Better Call Saul, “Pimento,” is written and directed by Tom Schnauz, one of the founding members of the Villigang. In addition to “Nacho,” he wrote 7 episodes of Breaking Bad, and directed one of my favorite episodes, “Say My Name.” Schnauz also wrote two episodes of The Lone Gunman and The X-Files.