Michelle Mendelovitz leaves as 20th television head of Drama – Deadline

Michelle Mendelovitz is stepping down as Senior Vice President and Head of Drama Development for 20th Television after nearly two years. There is no immediate replacement and Mendelovitz will stay until the end of January to help with the transition.

Mendelovitz, who joined Apple TV+’s then 20th Century Fox TV in March 2020, was instrumental in bringing in Ron Moore, with whom she had worked on his Apple TV+ series. For all mankind, to 20th/Disney, where he now has three high-profile projects in the works: Swiss family Robinson with Jon Chu directing Disney+; Association of Explorers and Adventurers, which uses Disney Park IP, including on Disney+; and A garden of thorns and roses at Hulu, based on the popular fantasy book series by Sarah J. Maas, on which Moore co-wrote.

Other notable talent to land a blanket deal during Mendelovitz’s tenure at 20th TV include Jac Schaffer, Linda Yvette Chavez, and Lana Cho. Drama series lit up green under her leadership includes: Washington Black, executive produced by/starring Sterling K. Brown for Hulu; Tyson in other words Iron Mike, executive produced by Margot Robbie, also for Hulu; and Spiderwick Chronicles, written by Aron Coliete, for Disney+.

20th Century Fox TV has undergone a major transformation since Mendelovitz joined the onset of the pandemic. In December 2020, Touchstone Television (formerly Fox21) folded into 20th Television, which had dropped the “Century Fox” part of its name a few months earlier. The move significantly expanded Mendelovitz’s team and development slate.

During her tenure, Mendelovitz added former Searchlight and FX executive Danny Samit as VP Development, along with VP Jenna Dim. Two VP executives recently left: Erin May, who joined Apple TV+, and Albert Page, who left the company.

As a creative executive at Apple, where she joined in 2018, Mendelovitz also oversaw Servant, Divorce, Defending Jacob, Invasion, the LGBTQ documentaries Visible: off on television and the Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry documentary series on mental health.

Before that, Mendelovitz worked at Sony as VP Scripted Programming, overseeing series such as bloodline for Netflix, the good doctor for ABC, Good girls revolt for Amazon, One day at a time for Netflix and Future husband for Hulu.

Mendelovitz started her career at CBS in 2006. There she worked on shows such as: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS: LA and The Big Bang Theory and helped to develop Mom.

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