Malala partners with Apple to produce dramas, comedies, documentaries

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. air / ɛər / (v.) – to broadcast something on TV or radio

    The football match will air live at 8 p.m.

  2. team up with (someone/something) / tim ʌp wɪð / (phrasal v.) – to join with someone or something and work together to achieve a particular purpose

    I teamed up with a local journalist to raise money for the animal shelter.

  3. promote / prəˈmoʊt / (v.) – to encourage something to happen, grow, or spread

    The group wants to promote more eco-friendly lifestyles.

  4. gunman / ˈgʌn mən / (n.) – someone armed with a gun, especially for a crime

    The bodyguards successfully stopped the gunman from hurting the actor.

  5. survive / sərˈvaɪv / (v.) – to continue living, especially after a dangerous or life-threatening situation

    My mom survived a very bad car accident when she was just a little girl.


Read the text below.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is expanding her partnership with Apple Inc. to produce dramas, children’s series, animation and documentaries that will air on the tech giant’s streaming service, the two said on March 8.

“I hope that through this partnership, I will be able to bring new voices” to Apple TV+, Yousafzai told reporters. “I hope that through me, more young people and girls will watch these shows, get inspired.”

Apple produced a documentary about Yousafzai in 2015 and teamed up with her Malala Fund in 2018 to promote high school education to girls across the globe.

In 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai in the head because she campaigned against the Taliban’s efforts to deny women education. She survived the injury and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, the youngest person to win the prize. (Reuters)

This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • Are you interested in watching any of Malala’s content? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Many famous people such as Malala, the Obamas, and Harry and Meghan are partnering with streaming services to develop new content. Why do you think streaming services are so interested in signing contracts with famous people (as opposed to actual producers and other TV/film people)? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • In your opinion, what’s the best streaming service (ex. Hulu, Apple TV+)? Why? Discuss.
  • Streaming services are focusing more and more on developing their own original content. How do you think this content compares to regular TV shows and movies (ex. not as good, actually better)? Why? Discuss.