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,”...
Over the years, Zack Van Amburg has helped bring some of television’s hottest series to the screen. That’s undoubtedly what prompted Apple to snap him up alongside longtime collaborator Jamie Erlicht to recreate some of the magic the two have worked at Sony.
Van Amburg started at the studio as a development exec, and then as co-president of U.S. programming and production. He was there at the start of the modern Golden Age of television, delivering FX with its first Emmy-winning original series, “The Shield,” and bringing “Breaking Bad” to AMC.
Van Amburg more than doubled the company’s output of original network primetime series, including NBC’s “The Blacklist,” and ABC’s “The Goldbergs” and “Shark Tank.” He made waves in basic and premium cable, too. AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” quickly added to their networks’ many awards nominations, while Starz’ “Outlander,” and WGN America’s “Underground” helped build their respective networks. SPT’s streaming series include Bryan Cranston’s “Sneaky Pete” for Amazon.
One reason Van Amburg has been able to develop such a strong roster is because he’s made SPT a welcoming and nurturing environment for some of TV’s top show runners like Shawn Ryan (“Timeless”), Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”) and David Shore (“House”). That creative freedom, paired with Van Amburg’s knack for matching series to the right networks, is hard to beat.