20th TV Drama Head Michelle Mendelovitz Exiting

Michelle Mendelovitz is leaving her position as Disney’s 20th Television’s head of drama development.

Mendelovitz will leave the studio at the end of January, less than two years after coming from Apple. The successor has not yet been identified by the Disney Television Studios division.

Mendelovitz will join 20th TV as senior vp drama development in March 2020. She previously worked as a creative executive at Apple, where she helped launch the first wave of drama series for the tech giant’s Apple TV+ streaming service, including For All Mankind and Servant.

Mendelovitz was key in bringing Outlander and Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore into the studio on a multi-year agreement. Moore has three series projects in the works at the studio: a Swiss Family Robinson drama (directed by Jon Chu) and Society of Explorers and Adventurers for Disney+, as well as an adaptation of Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses fantasy novels for Hulu.

Mendelovitz has also shepherded projects such as Hulu’s Washington Black and Tyson (previously Iron Mike) and Disney+’s Spiderwick Chronicles to series orders at their respective platforms.

Mendelovitz had worked at Sony and CBS before joining Apple.

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