Apple poaches new head of casting from Sony

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Tamara Hunter
Apple's new head of casting, Tamara Hunter.
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Apple’s TV team just hired seasoned Hollywood executive to lead its casting efforts for its many TV shows currently in development. Tamara Hunter, the vice president of casting at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is reportedly leaving her post to join Apple as the head of casting.

The move comes after Apple poached two of Sony’s top presidents last year to lead its original content creation effort. Apple has been trying to hire some of the biggest names in Hollywood as it makes a push into TV shows and the company is working with some of the biggest stars in the world on show ideas.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple interviewed several executives from the film and TV side for the casting job. Adding Hunter to the team will help Apple sign the type of talent that it wants to pursue for its slate of shows.

Before joining Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2016, Hunter was the VP of casting at 20th Century Fox. During her time at Fox, she worked on movies like Deadpool, Hidden Figures, and X-Men: Apocalypse. At Sony, some of her projects included Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hotel Transylvania, and Venom, as well as upcoming films like You Are My Friend, Charlie’s Angels, and Men in Black.

Even before she was working for two of the biggest movie studios in the industry, Hunter was attached to casting on other major franchises. She worked on Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Basically, if you’ve watched movies in the last decade, you’ve seen her work. And if you own an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, you’re probably going to see a lot more of her work when Apple’s TV shows start coming out sometime next year.