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Big Sick duo immigrate to Apple

Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani

Tech giant Apple has ordered a half-hour anthology series exploring immigration in the US from the duo behind romantic comedy movie The Big Sick.

Husband-and-wife pair Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon, who wrote and starred in the 2017 film, will executive produce Little America alongside its writer Lee Eisenberg (The Office), who will also be the showrunner.

Little America is based on true stories from Epic Magazine will be produced by Universal Television. The series will depict the romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected experiences of immigrants living in America.

The order comes as Apple continues to step up its original commissioning, most recently making a straight-to-series order for an as-yet-untitled drama based on the real-life story of a pre-teen news reporter.

The company is following its competitors in striking deals with top TV talent, securing an agreement with talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey earlier this week.

Apple has also paired with American Hustle’s Eric Warren Singer to adapt Gregory David Roberts’ bestselling novel Shantaram for TV.

Shows including Are You Sleeping? from Reese Witherspoon’s prodco Hello Sunshine and Amazing Stories from Steven Spielberg are among the other shows in the works at Apple, which hired a development exec from rival streamer Netflix last week.

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