In case you’ve been wondering whether or not Apple’s push into TV is real, here’s what those crazy, zany gearheads have in store for us so far:
Apple’s TV Programming, a Comprehensive Guide
by Lesley Goldberg
Since tapping Sony’s Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht to lead worldwide video programming over a year ago, Apple has been on a spending spree for high-end TV series. Meanwhile, Apple’s plans for how — and when — it will to roll out its star-studded content remain shrouded in mystery.
As the iPhone maker and world’s most valued company continues to aggressively pursue top creators and TV packages with its $1 billion budget, here’s a guide to keep track of who’s running the show and all of Apple’s originals.
THE TOP DECISION MAKERS
Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg serve as heads of worldwide video and chief content officers. The duo were hired June 16, 2017, and effectively started Sept. 1 after their deals with Sony Pictures TV expired. They report directly to senior vp internet software and services Eddy Cue. For the past year, the duo have quickly built an impressive executive team (as well as programming slate).
Matt Cherniss, formerly of WGN America, is head of creative development (domestic) after buying multiple series from Erlicht and Van Amburg during their tenure at Sony.
Morgan Wandell serves as head of international creative development after serving in a similar position at Amazon Studios.
Kim Rozenfeld is head of unscripted and current programming, reuniting with Van Amburg and Erlicht, under whom he held a similar position at Sony TV.
Tara Sorensen oversees kids programming, joining the Apple team after serving in the same position at Amazon Studios.
Amazing Stories Apple’s first official scripted order, the individual episodic anthology is a reimagining of Steven Spielberg’s original series that transports viewers to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time) serve as showrunners, having taken over for Bryan Fuller and Hart Hanson. The series hails from Universal TV and Amblin TV, with Spielberg attached as an exec producer.
Are You Sleeping The 10-episode drama offers a glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts. It challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage. Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan and Aaron Paul star. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) penned the script and serves as showrunner. Reese Witherspoon exec produces the drama from Hello Sunshine and Chernin/Endeavor Content. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping also exec produce….