20th Century Fox TV Taps SVP of Drama Development


20th Century Fox Television has named Michelle Mendelovitz, who joins from Apple, as senior VP of drama development.

Mendelovitz will lead the label’s drama team. Together, they will be responsible for setting the label’s drama development strategy, identifying writers and helping to shepherd projects from pitch to series order.

In the new role, she will be reporting to Jennifer Gwartz, executive VP of development for comedy and drama. Mendelovitz joins 20th Century Fox Television from Apple, where she worked as a creative executive since 2018 developing scripted and documentary series for the newly minted Apple TV+ streaming service. She previously worked at Sony as VP of scripted programming.

“Michelle’s the rare executive whose experience spans network, studio and streamer, and she comes with expertise and deep relationships in the community which will help us as we set out to supply distinctive dramas to all platforms” commented Carolyn Cassidy, 20th Century Fox Television’s president of creative affairs. “She also has a really interesting story personally which informs her creative taste. She has lived both inside and outside the U.S. and talks about how as the daughter of immigrants she wants to bridge cultures and bring fresh voices to television. That is literally one of the guiding principles of 20th and was music to our ears.”

Mendelovitz said, “20th is a studio synonymous with high-quality series created by some of the most dynamic talent in the business. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Carolyn and Jen in their focus to nurture and support creative ideas, push boundaries and empower writers to do their best work.”