An Apple TV+ series dubbed “Scraper,” which basically would tell the story of the controversial blogging network Gawker Media, has been scrapped following orders from Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to The New York Times.
In May it was announced that Apple was in the early stages of developing a series about Gawker, for its Apple TV+ streaming service.
“Mr. Cook, according to two people briefed on the email, was surprised to learn that his company was making a show about Gawker, which had humiliated the company at various times and famously outed him, back in 2008, as gay,” the Times reports. “He expressed a distinctly negative view toward Gawker, the people said. Apple proceeded to kill the project. And now, the show is back on the market and the executive who brought it in, Layne Eskridge, has left the company. Gawker, it seems, is making trouble again.
Gawker was an American blog founded by Nick Denton and Elizabeth Spiers and based in New York City focusing on celebrities and the media industry. The blog promoted itself as “the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip.” It ran for 13 years before shutting down on Aug. 22, 2016.