Apple TV Plus announced “The Line,” its first combination podcast-TV original production — a bid to exploit the tech giant’s podcast footprint to seed signups for its TV subscription service.
“The Line,” from Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, comprises two non-fiction series: a six-part narrative non-fiction audio series that debuted Monday (April 6) on Apple Podcasts and a four-part limited documentary series premiering this fall on Apple TV Plus.
The pair of original series promises to reveal “previously untold aspects” about the story of former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who in 2018 was charged with committing war crimes after he posed for a photo with a corpse in Iraq. Members of his platoon had broken ranks and accused Gallagher of murder; he was ultimately being acquitted on all but one minor count and in the fall of 2019 was pardoned by President Trump.
Both series will examine the complicated realities involved with fighting a decades-long war, stripping back the layers surrounding Gallagher’s alleged crimes.
The podcast series is hosted and executive produced by Dan Taberski (“Running From ‘Cops,’” “Missing Richard Simmons,” “Surviving Y2K”). It features one-on-one interviews with Gallagher and his wife as well as with more than 50 current and former special operators — revealing “the secretive culture of the military’s most elite special operations units, and the struggle for justice in the fog of war,” according to Apple.
“The Line” podcast is available on Apple Podcasts (at this link). The first two episodes of “The Line” are available now on Apple Podcasts and the following four episodes will premiere weekly each Tuesday through May 4.
In the fall of 2021, Apple TV Plus plans to debut a four-part docu-series, also called “The Line,” which will include “never-before-seen footage” and take a deep dive into the U.S.’s counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East.
Jigsaw Productions’ “The Line” audio series is executive produced by Brad Hebert, Richard Perello, Stacey Offman, Joey Marra and Alex Gibney, in addition to Taberski. Lizzie Jacobs serves as producer and Jody Avirgan as editor.
The Apple TV Plus documentary series, also from Jigsaw Productions, is directed by Jeffrey Zimbalist (“Momentum Generation”) and executive produced by Gibney, Hebert, Perello and Offman, alongside Michael Zimbalist and Jeffrey Zimbalist from All Rise Films, and Whitney Johnson with Doug Shultz serving as producer.