Apple TV executive leaving to lead drama development at 20th Century Fox

Apple's TV+: Everything you need to know!
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What you need to know

  • Michelle Mendelovitz, one of Apple TV's executives, is leaving the company.
  • She will be taking a new role in running drama development at 20th Century Fox.
  • Mendelovitz had worked on "For All Mankind", "Servant", and "Visible: Out on Television".

As Apple continues to expand its lineup of original series for Apple TV+, one of its major executives has decided to leave for a new opportunity elsewhere.

Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Mendelovitz, one of the executives of Apple TV+, is moving on from the company to lead drama development efforts at 20th Century Fox. Mendelovitz

Mendelovitz will be taking up her role new role of Senior Vice President of Drama Development at Disney Television Studios and repor to the Executive Vice President of Comedy and Drama Development, Jennifer Gwartz.

During her time at Apple, in which she served a two-year term, Mendelovitz worked on some of the company's original series "For All Mankind", "Servant", and "Visible: Out on Television", among others. Before that, she had held positions at CBS and Sony.

Carolyn Cassidy, President of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox, says that Mendelovitz's professional and personal background led the company to bring her on.

"Michelle's the rare executive whose experience spans network, studio, and streamer, and she comes with an expertise and deep relationships in the community which will help us as we set out to supply distinctive dramas to all platforms ... She also has a really interesting story personally which informs her creative taste. She has lived both inside and outside the U.S. and talks about how as the daughter of immigrants she wants to bridge cultures and bring fresh voices to television. That is literally one of the guiding principles of 20th and was music to our ears."

Mendelovitz herself did not say anything about leaving Apple but did express her excitement about joining her new company.

"20th is a studio synonymous with high quality series created by some of the most dynamic talent in the business. I couldn't be more thrilled to join Carolyn and Jen in their focus to nurture and support creative ideas, push boundaries and empower writers to do their best work."

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.