Apple TV+ Exec Michelle Mendelovitz Named Head of Drama at 20th Century Fox TV

She will report directly to Jennifer Gwartz

Apple TV+ executive Michelle Mendelovitz has been named head of drama at 20th Century Fox Television, a position that has been unfilled since the departure of Chloe Dan last June, the studio announced Monday.

In her new role as senior vice president of drama development for the Disney Television Studios-owned studio, Mendelovitz and her team will be responsible for setting the label’s drama development strategy, identifying writers and helping to shepherd projects from pitch to series order.

Mendelovitz will start her new position March 16 and report directly to Jennifer Gwartz, 20th Century Fox TV’s executive vice president of comedy and drama development.

“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” 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs Carolyn Cassidy said in a statement. “She also has a really interesting story personally which informs her creative taste. She has lived both inside and outside the US and talks about how as the daughter of immigrants she wants to bridge cultures and bring fresh voices to television. That is literally one of the guiding principles of 20th and was music to our ears.”

Mendelovitz added: “20th is a studio synonymous with high quality series created by some of the most dynamic talent in the business. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Carolyn and Jen in their focus to nurture and support creative ideas, push boundaries and empower writers to do their best work.”

Most recently a creative executive at Apple TV+, Mendelovitz worked on developing scripted and documentary series for the new streaming service, including Ronald D. Moore’s “For All Mankind,” M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant,” and Ryan White, Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz’s LGBTQ docuseries “Visible: Out on Television,”  in addition to the upcoming “Severance” from Ben Stiller, Chris Evans-led “Defending Jacob” and Simon Kinberg’s “Invasion.” She also oversaw the Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry mental health documentary series for Apple’s platform.

Mendelovitz has also held roles at Sony Pictures Television, where she served as vice president of scripted programming, and CBS, where she began her career in 20016 working under Nina Tassler.

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