20th Century Fox poaches Apple TV+ executive


Mendelovitz's short stint at Apple TV+ is already over.
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A top Apple executive who oversaw development of some of the first Apple TV+ series is headed to a rival studio.

20th Century Fox TV revealed today that it tapped Michelle Mendelovitz to lead the development of its drama TV series. Mendelovitz worked at Apple for less than two years, helping to oversee the production of For All Mankind, Servant and Visible: Out on Television.

Mendelovitz’s title at 20th Century Fox TV will be senior vice president of drama development. She’ll report to Jennifer Gwartz, executive VP of comedy and drama development, who reports directly to solo studio head Carolyn Cassidy.

“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,” said Cassidy in a statement to the The Hollywood Reporter.

Cassidy also noted that Mendelovitz’s unique personal story of living both inside and outside the United States as a daughter of immigrants helps bring fresh voices to TV. Before working at Apple, Mendelovitz spent four years at Sony Pictures, where she helped make The Good Doctor for ABC and One Day at a Time for Netflix. She also spent time at CBS working on CSI and NCIS: Los Angeles.