Apple picks up two business affairs executives to bolster original video

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited December 2017
As the company prepares its first big-budget scripted TV shows, the newest recruits for Apple Worldwide Video are reportedly Philip Matthys, formerly of Hulu, and Jennifer Wang Grazier of Legendary Entertainment.




Matthys started working at Apple in November, and Wang Grazier will join under him in January, Variety said. The former will report directly to the chiefs of Worldwide Video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.

Matthys was responsible for deals and policies for Hulu's original shows and documentaries, such as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Marvel's Runaways." Prior to that he had close to 13 years of experience with NBCUniversal in similar business affairs roles.

Wang Grazier handles business and legal elements of development, production, and distribution for Legendary's TV and digital studios. Like Matthys, she also spent some time at NBCUniversal.

Apple has been steadily building up leadership hires at its Worldwide Video arm, for instance taking on True Jack Productions' Michelle Lee as a creative executive. The company is believed to be preparing a small number of shows for a 2019 debut, including a reboot of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" and a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Unlike "Planet of the Apps" or "Carpool Karaoke," which were limited to Apple Music subscribers, the 2019 slate is expected to be available to anyone with the right Apple device -- possibly through the "TV" app for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    They've got more top tier execs than shows at this stage. They must have something in the pipeline other than Amazing Stories and Jennifer Aniston to draw in the number of execs they have.
    randominternetpersonargonaut
  • Reply 2 of 3
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,725member
    They've got more top tier execs than shows at this stage. They must have something in the pipeline other than Amazing Stories and Jennifer Aniston to draw in the number of execs they have.
    You need execs to handle recruting producers and keeping the many projects on track.
    Just sifting through the huge pile of submissions from industry people wanting Apple's money and iding the top ones must be some doing.

  • Reply 3 of 3
    adm1adm1 Posts: 871member
    that $1b investment in original video will get eaten up pretty quickly with all these executive salary and bonuses on top of the actual content.
    argonaut
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