Apple Expands TV Efforts in Europe With Hiring of Channel 4 Alum Jay Hunt

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In the wake of Apple's hiring of Jamie Erlicht, Zack Van Amburg, Matt Cherniss, and Morgan Wandell for its ongoing push into premium television content, Variety reports today that the company has now hired Channel 4 alum Jay Hunt as creative director for Europe under Apple's Worldwide Video service.

    Hunt will start work in January as part of the international content development team that reports to Erlicht and Van Amburg, the two executives spearheading all of Apple's new TV ambitions. Hunt's arrival at Apple follows her exit from a chief creative officer position at Channel 4 this past June. In her Channel 4 stint over the last seven years and in her previous position at BBC One, Hunt helped develop shows like Black Mirror, Luther, Sherlock, Humans, and more.

    Image of Jay Hunt via Variety

    Hunt's joining of the team follows news of other international expansions for Apple's premium TV plans, with a report of the company hiring Morgan Wandell hitting last Friday. Wandell will be in charge of international creative development for worldwide video at Apple, and comes from Amazon Studios.

    On the content side of things, Apple is said to have set aside a "$1 billion war chest" for its new TV initiative, and has become "inundated" with spec scripts and projects since it made its home at The Culver Studios in California. The first big project coming out of Apple's Worldwide Video service will be new episodes of Steven Spielberg's science fiction anthology series "Amazing Stories".

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  2. Nalmond92 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    First job! Get Channel 4, ITV abd Channel 5 to get apps on the Apple TV. Ready to buy one but without catch up of the basic channels it’s not as good as the smart features built into most TV’s. And they’re crap
  3. man3ster macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
    Oh Jay Hunt! Way to go Apple.... Wait, who the hell is Jay Hunt?
  4. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Jay Hunt - forever remembered as the Channel 4 exec who poached The Great British Bake Off from the BBC.
  5. 400 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2015
    CH4? Cannot say there is a lot on CH4 that is enticing me at the moment. There are one or two that crop up on CH4 over the last few years that I like (including some greats). Scratching my head for something lately.

    Edit. Lets see what comes out. Might be good.
  6. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    Luther and Sherlock were BBC shows, so not sure how much she had to do with those (unless it was before she joined C4?).
  7. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Her previous job was Controller of BBC One.
  8. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Controller of BBC 1 during that period.
  9. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Black Mirror and Humans are well-written, smart shows, and Black Mirror has been a minor cultural phenomenon, so if she can develop shows of that caliber for Apple then they made a great hiring decision.
  10. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Nice to see Apple being more international with the content. Please keep it up.
  11. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    I don’t care if Apple becomes a video content provider, as long as they don’t start their censorship tricks as they do in the App Store. Just because the US cant handle some nudity...

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