Apple hires former Amazon executive Morgan Wandell

Morgan Wandell, who most recently served as director of Amazon’s international series, has joined Apple as part of the company’s video initiative. Wandell was on Amazon since 2013, arriving at the ABC Studios company. During his tenure at Amazon, the executive helped develop series such as The Man in the High Castle , Jack Ryan , Sneaky Pete and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Morgan Wandell

At Apple, Wandell will serve as director of international and creative development for worldwide video. It will be reported to Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, chief content officers and world video directors.

It’s a fact that Apple is betting very strongly for the new Apple Video team. The latest addition, Morgan Wandell, Amazon Studios. Morgan Wandell has been hired to direct international development for Apple Video, reports Variety .

Let’s look back a little this summer: while the eyes were on the possible presentation of the iPhone X, Apple was making several hirings. Like that of Matt Cherniss, and those responsible for Sony Pictures TV: Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg.

With this new addition, Wandell will have the task of developing high-cost productions that can travel well around the world. He will report to the content managers of Apple Video, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, in his role as head of international creative development for worldwide video. He starts at Apple’s office in Culver City later this month.

According to reports, Wandell’s move to Apple has been behind his hiring several months to reinforce Apple’s streaming video strategy. He is the latest in a series of high-profile hires as the company works to produce more original content. It is said that Apple gave Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg $1 trillion to develop original movies for 2018.

The past of Morgan Wandell

Wandell has been working at Amazon since 2013. Even last year he acquired a similar role to his new position at Apple. While directing, Wandell worked with Van Amburg and Erlicht on the development of “Sneaky Pete”, a failed Sony Pictures TV project for CBS that moved to Amazon and is about to begin its second season.

Among the other shows that Wandell led are “The Man in the High Castle”, “Goliath” and the next “Jack Ryan” and “The wonderful Mrs. Maisel” for Amazon. Before becoming a producer, Morgan spent many years as a senior development and programming executive at ABC Studios, forming the creative team that launched international programs such as “Lost, “Desperate Housewives” and “Gray’s Anatomy”.

Apple continues to move to create a great team dedicated to producing original content between movies, documentaries and TV series. This last move of the recruitment of Morgan Wandell, former head of Amazon Studio will definitely give a boost to their project.

Morgan Wandell has worked for years as director of international video productions at Amazon Studio and will now bring all his experience to Apple. Wandell will join a team that already has its former executives of Sony Pictures Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, responsible for productions such as Breaking Bad and The Goldbergs.

In the Amazon Studio, Wandell was responsible for the production of various “The Man in the High Castle,” “Goliath,” “Carnival Row,” “Jack Ryan,” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. In the past, he had worked at ABC as responsible for dramatic TV series.

This new recruitment demonstrates that Apple is moving very aggressively to bring home the best creators and producers within the video content. The goal is to produce original productions to offer on Apple Music and Apple TV.

The Apple team will work at the new offices in Culver City, which are within easy reach of Sony Pictures.

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