Apple has tapped longtime Sony Pictures Television presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht for newly created posts overseeing worldwide video-related efforts at the tech giant.They will report to Apple's top executive for all things content: Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services, who praised the pair for their success at Sony.“Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television,”...
Together with Zack Van Amburg, Erlicht served Sony Pictures Television with enough distinction to have earned them both a big new job at Apple, where they will be charged with cranking out the tech giant’s first slate of entertainment programs.
Erlich has been in many capacities since arriving in 2002 after stints at Artists Television Group and Columbia TriStar Television, but he’s always had a hand in developing and producing scripted series.
Erlicht brought the critically-acclaimed “Rescue Me” to FX and had a hand in bringing “Breaking Bad” to AMC. Since becoming president of programming and production, Erlicht more than doubled SPT’s output of original series including “Shark Tank” and scripted broadcast fare like “The Blacklist,” “The Goldbergs,” “Dr. Ken,” “Better Call Saul,” “Outlander,” “Masters of Sex” and “Underground,” plus “Bloodline,” “The Get Down,” and “Sneaky Peat for streaming services and “Powers” for PlayStation.
Keen on bridging the international divide, he’s also teamed with U.K. channels ITV (“Houdini & Doyle”) and Channel 4 (“Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick”) for cross-Atlantic appeal.
Erlicht and Van Amburg were named Sony’s U.S. programming and production chiefs in 2005. The two worked their way up the creative ranks at Sony Pictures TV’s predecessor, Columbia TriStar TV.