Apple Hires Former Amazon Studios Exec to Lead International TV Development

Friday October 20, 2017 1:19 PM PDT by Juli Clover

Former Amazon Studios executive Morgan Wandell is Apple's latest hire for its video team, reports Variety. Wandell will take on the role of head of international creative development for worldwide video at Apple, reporting directly to Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, former Sony execs who now lead Apple's original programming efforts.

Wandell will start work at Apple's new Culver City office at The Culver Studios at the end of the month.

Prior to joining Apple, a move that's been in the works for weeks, Wandell served as Head of International Series at Amazon Studios, and before that, he was an executive producer at ABC Studios.

Wandell previously worked with Erlicht and Van Amburg on "Sneaky Pete," and has also worked on shows that include "The Man in the High Castle," "Goliath," "Jack Ryan," and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

Apple has been building up its video content team in recent months, and Wandell joins hires like Matt Cherniss, former president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, and Kim Rozenfeld, who came from Sony Pictures and now handles documentary series development.

Apple's video content team is led by Erlicht and Van Amburg, both of whom report to iTunes chief Eddy Cue. Apple's first project initiated by Erlicht and Van Amburg will see the company teaming up with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Comcast's NBC Universal to create new episodes of sci-fi series "Amazing Stories."

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32 months ago
These cheesy photos are soon bad. The casual look is now seriously uncool
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32 months ago

I don't see much diversity in these high level hirings.

Agree - there is no one left that knows anything about computers .....
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32 months ago
I hope he isn’t one of these sexual predator types :o
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32 months ago
Sooooo...more content for children? o_O:eek::confused:
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32 months ago
I don't see much diversity in these high level hirings.
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32 months ago
If the content is good I might check it out. So far Amazon programming hasn't really done it for me. They have been trying awefully hard. I expect Apple will over dose their stuff with highly nuanced politically correct ideas.
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