Apple Hires Two Experienced Entertainment Industry Veterans to Bolster the Organizational side of Apple Worldwide Video
Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Worldwide Video Hires Michelle Lee who was behind a Number of Shows on NBC, Hulu and CBS." The report noted that programming veteran Michelle Lee joined Apple's venture into scripted television content and had been named a creative executive at Apple Worldwide Video, the unit tasked with leading Apple's push into series programming.
We're now learning that Apple Worldwide Video has added two more organizational heavyweights to the team, Philip Matthys from Hulu and Jennifer Wang Grazier from Legendary Entertainment.
Matthys joined Hulu in August 2015, overseeing dealmaking and policy for Hulu's originals, including all scripted development deals, pilot and series production, original documentaries, international co-productions and specials. While at Hulu, he worked on series including "The Handmaid's Tale," "Marvel's Runaways," "The Looming Tower," and "The First," starring Sean Penn and produced by Beau Willimon's independent studio Westward Productions; and "Castle Rock" from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King.
Prior to Hulu, Matthys spent nearly 13 years with NBCUniversal, most recently as senior VP of business affairs for NBCU Cable Entertainment, leading business affairs for USA Network, Syfy and Universal Cable Prods. Before joining NBCU, he worked for law firm Irell & Manella, specializing in entertainment and intellectual property issues.
Wang Grazier previously served for two years as EVP, Business and Legal Affairs at Legendary where she oversaw all business and legal aspects relating to its TV and digital studios development, production, and distribution strategies. While at Legendary, she worked on series including "Colony" for USA, "Love" and "Lost in Space" for Netflix, "The Looming Tower" for Hulu, and "Carnival Row" for Amazon.
Before joining Legendary, Wang Grazier also was was at NBCU, as VP of business affairs, where she negotiated talent, co-production and license deals. She began her legal career at O'Melveny & Myers. For more, read the full Variety report here.
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