Apple TV+ hires veteran producer as creative executive for Germany

Apple TV+ hires veteran producer as creative executive for Germany

Apple TV+ has appointed veteran producer Dr Franziska An der Gassen as creative executive for Germany, as part of Jay Hunt’s European team.

A producer with over two and a half decades’ experience, Der Gassen most recently served in myriad roles across TV and film Rat Pack Filmproduktion, the Munich-based label of German indie TV and film giant Constantin Film.

The prolific creative has produced, developed and co-produced more than 50 TV series and films, including socio-political TV film The Placebo Effect, feature Grumpy Olaf, two-part Italian religious drama Mary and romantic comedy A Matter of Size.

She will report to Hunt, although precise details of her responsibilities are under wraps. It is not yet clear whether der Gassen’s appointment fills the scripted exec role Broadcast revealed Apple TV+ was seeking last year.

Her appointment is the most recent to have emerged from European creative director Hunt, following BBC factual chief Alison Kirkham’s arrival in 2020 with more European appointments anticipated.

Apple TV+ has been building up its roster of originals originating from Europe. Late last year, Broadcast reported that Twofour had tied with Schitt’s Creek star Eugene Levy for its debut Apple commission, travelogue The Reluctant Traveller.

This complemented a growing slate of talent-fronted Apple TV+ unscripted programming, including fellow travelogue Long Way Up with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman; music docs Watch The Sound with Mark Ronson and Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry; and upcoming documentaries The Supermodels and Number One On The Call Sheet featuring Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Datari Turner and Dan Cogan.

The SVoD is also readying UK-produced dramas Slow Horses and The Essex Serpent, both from See-Saw Films, Keshet Productions’ Suspicion, a remake of Israeli smash False Flag and Ringside Studios’ Anglo-French thriller Liaison.

This story first appeared on Screen’s sister site Broadcast.



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