Former BBC Films Chief Joe Oppenheimer (pictured) will be joining Apple’s content team in the UK. The Industry veteran, who spent 19 years working for BBC, is joining the company in London as a creative executive on the international creative development team. This is Apple’s second major hire in the country. In October of last year, the tech giant announced the hire of former Channel 4 exec Jay Hunt as its creator director in Europe. Oppenheimer will report to Hunt.
The hiring news comes shortly after Apple gave a 10-episode straight-to-series order to a short-form English adaptation of the popular French short-form series “Calls.” The series, which will be co-produced by Canal+, was the company’s first global order.
Oppenheimer, who left the BBC in December, worked as an executive producer on Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake,” as well as “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa,” and “On Chesil Beach.”
According to a report from Deadline, Hunt, who reports to Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, is close to announcing her first commissions. The news outlet notes that she has spent the last six months meeting top-tier producers in the UK, in search of big ideas with A-list talent that will appeal to a global audience.