Apple Video Recruits Channel 4 Alum Jay Hunt for European Post


Hunt has been snapped up by Apple after she quit Channel 4 as the chief creative officer due to missing out on the broadcaster's top job of CEO back in June. Once seen as a frontrunner to become Channel 4's next chief executive, she spent nearly seven years at the British broadcaster, before leaving in September.

Channel 4 has yet to appoint a successor to Hunt, who left the company in June of this year. Hunt collaborated with Erlicht and Van Amburg on several projects during the pair's previous tenure as presidents of production at Sony Pictures Television. She will be a part of the worldwide creative development team.

Since joining in January 2011, Hunt has led the post-Big Brother creative renewal of C4's programming output, culminating in poaching The Great British Bake Off from the BBC in a controversial £75m (US$96.4m) deal past year.

Hunt, 50, was instrumental in bringing the likes of Gogglebox, First Dates, Humans and The Island With Bear Grylls to Channel 4 and was behind deals to bring U.S. dramas The Handmaid's Tale and Homeland to the UK. The network also recently acquired Hulu's breakout drama series The Handmaid's Tale.

Apple has scored a coup in Silicon Valley's increasingly global search for television industry talent, recruiting the highly regarded UK-based broadcasting executive Jay Hunt.

Although showrunners are still unclear on how their content will be distributed, Apple is making inroads in Hollywood thanks to the pedigree and connections of Mr Erlicht and Mr Amburg, who were responsible for hit shows including The Crown and Breaking Bad while at Sony.

Prior to joining C4, Hunt had spells as director of programming for BBC1 - where she developed shows including Luther, Sherlock and Criminal Justice - and Channel 5.