Despite landing a deal with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment to produce a rebooted Amazing Stories, Apple’s efforts with original video content are far from over.
Today, Variety reports that Apple has brought on Morgan Wandell, who was formerly of Amazon Studios, to head up the companies efforts with international TV. Specifically, Wandell will be taking on the role of Head of International Creative Development at Apple, which is going to make for a really long nameplate on his new door at Apple’s new Culver City office.
“Wandell’s move to Apple has been in the works for months, long before the shakeup last week that saw Amazon Studios president Roy Price ousted amid allegations of sexual harassment. He is the latest high-profile hire in the unit that former Sony Pictures TV presidents Van Amburg and Erlicht have been building out for the tech giant since June. The creative community has been abuzz with talk of content deals in the works at Apple, suggesting that a first wave of greenlights is coming soon.”
When Wandell was working with Amazon Studios, he was doing similar work as the company’s Head of International Series. Before he was working at Amazon Studios he was part of the AMBC Studios team. The majority of his resume at this point includes a variety of shows from Amazon Studios, including Sneaky Pete and The Man in the High Castle, among others.
Wandell is yet another high-profile hire for Apple in its push for original content. Back in June it was reported that Apple had brought on Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, both of which worked at Sony Pictures Television before making the jump over to Apple’s camp. The company has also made other moves and hires, and apparently has a $1 billion budget for its efforts.