Apple TV+ has hired former Lifetime executive Colleen Grogan and Spotify contributor Erika Clarke to its unscripted team as the streamer continues to make its way into the genre. The US-based experts both join the company as unscripted creative executives, and are set to report to Head of documentaries and unscripted Molly Thompson. The two are the first US-based hires made by Thompson since she joined from A+E Networks two years ago.
Grogan, based in New York, who joined Apple TV+ in September, previously served as SVP of development for Hot Snakes Media and VP of non-fiction for Lifetime, where she worked on series including “Bring It!” and “The Week Women Went.” LA-based Clarke, meanwhile, joined the company in January and was previously exec producer at Spotify Studios, where she co-ran the podcast studio division. Before that, she spent a decade at MTV as part of the team behind “Cribs,” while also working as a producer and director on shows including “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey.”
Grogan, who joined last September, was previously SVP of development for Breaking Amish producer Hot Snakes Media. Prior to that, she was VP of non-fiction for Lifetime, where she oversaw series including "Bring It!," "Coming Home" and "The Week The Women Went." She also exec produced short film "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone," which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. She is based in New York.
Apple TV+ recently ordered “The Jet,” showcasing the story of a1990s Pepsi promotional campaign in which the drinks manufacturer advertised a Harriet attack aircraft as the winning prize. The project joined a growing slate of docu series on Apple TV+, including “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry,” “Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds” and “Boy State.”