20th Television Drama Development Manager Michelle Mendelovitz is stepping down from the studio, Variety has learned.
The news of his departure comes just under two years after Mendelovitz first joined 20th TV. She joined the studio after leaving Apple’s streaming division, where she worked as a creative executive. She will keep her current position until the end of January. No new head of drama development has yet been named.
During his tenure with 20th, Mendelovitz oversaw the green lights of series such as “Washington Black” with Sterling K. Brown and the Mike Tyson biopic series “Tyson” (fka “Iron Mike”) at Hulu as well as the “Spiderwick” series. Chronicles ”at Disney Plus.
She has also helped make global deals with designers like Lana Cho, Jac Schaffer, and Linda Yvette Chavez. Mendelovitz was also instrumental in bringing Ron Moore into the fold of Disney. Moore has already set up several high-profile series at Mouse House: a “Swiss Family Robinson” series with Jon Chu and the “Society of Explorers and Adventurers” series at Disney Plus, as well as the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series. ”On Hulu, which Moore co-wrote with Sarah J. Maas.
At Apple, Mendelovitz developed scripted and documentary series for Apple TV Plus starting in 2018, overseeing “For All Mankind”, “Servant”, “Visible: Out on Television”, “Severance”, “Defending Jacob” and “Invasion “. as well as the documentary on the mental health of Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry.
Prior to that, she worked as Vice President of Script Programming at Sony, overseeing series such as “Bloodline”, “The Good Doctor”, “Good Girls Revolt”, “One Day at a Time” and “Future Man “. She started her career with CBS, her last position at this company being that of Head of Comedy Development.