Apple Music at the Super Bowl
Apple Music is the new sponsor of the NFL's Super Bowl Halftime Show. The league's 10-year deal with Pepsi just ended, clearing the way for one of music's biggest platforms to take over. The move marks a larger play by Apple as it ventures further into sports coverage. The platform recently signed deals to stream Major League Baseball games as well as Major League Soccer matches.
D-Wade's Ode to Kobe
It looks like Kobe Bryant will be a major subject of the upcoming The Redeem Team documentary. Dwyane Wade, who is leading on producing duties for the project, said the film will examine how Bryant helped bring the 2008 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team together to focus on winning gold after coming up short four years earlier in Athens. It's a rare and intimate look at how Bryant broke out of his shell to embrace other players. The documentary is set to premiere on Netflix on October 7.
Dancing With — COVID?
Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars premiered on Disney+ for this first time ever this week but it was the post-show action that is drawing attention. Following the premiere episode, at least four people involved in the show tested positive for COVID-19. More than 300 people work on the show, which is shot in front of a live studio audience. A spokesperson for the show said contact-tracing had been completed and anyone that was in close proximity to the infected individuals were notified. The positive tests apparently won't impact the show's scheduling.