Apple hires Hannibal producer to oversee original TV content


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Apple has recruited another high level executive to oversee TV production.
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Apple has added yet another high level executive to its ranks to join the company’s growing Worldwide Video Programming division.

Carol Trussell has been hired to serve as Apple’s new Head of Production. She previously worked at Gaumont Television where she oversaw production on various series including Narcos, Hannibal, Hemlock Grove and F is for Family.

Prior to this, Trussell was also a producer on series including Roswell, True Blood, Unnatural History and What About Brian. She will begin her new job at Apple next month.

Apple’s growing TV ambitions

Apple has been steadily building up its original content team throughout 2017. Former Sony executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht are reportedly spearheading Apple’s efforts in this area.

The company reportedly plans to spend $1 billion developing original programming over the next year, with that figure likely to rise to somewhere north of $4 billion by 2022.

So far, Apple’s greenlit original scripted programming includes an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg, a news-business comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, a sci-fi drama series from the show runner of Outlander, Are You Sleeping, a show about a Serial-style crime podcast that reopens a murder case, and a show based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant.

Earlier this month, Apple lost out to HBO on acquiring the rights to a new original TV series written by J.J. Abrams, his first since 2008’s Fringe. It also recently signed a second season of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke show.

The company has yet to reveal exactly when it will begin debuting its original dramas, or how it plans to distribute them.

Source: Deadline


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