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Apple Hires A+E's Molly Thompson as Documentary Head
Apple is continuing to fill out its executive ranks.
The streaming service AppleTV+ has hired former A+E executive Molly Thompson as the company's head of documentaries. She brings with her three decades of experience in the field, having founded A&E IndieFilms, the feature film production arm of A+E Networks, and served as head of documentary films for A+E Networks.
Thompson executive produced such titles as The Clinton Affair; Charles Ferguson’s docuseries Watergate; Studio 54; and City of Ghosts from Oscar nominee Matthew Heineman. Among the additional projects she has shepherded are Roger Ross Williams’ Emmy Award-winning Life, Animated; Cartel Land; Murderball; and Jesus Camp.
In addition, Thompson executive produced Amir Bar-Lev’s Emmy Award-winning The Tillman Story and Bart Layton’s BAFTA Award-winning The Imposter, as well as two narrative features for Lifetime Films — Lila & Eve, starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, and Paris Can Wait, starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.
The doc veteran has also served as executive producer on all feature films produced under the History Films banner, including Werner Herzog’s Meeting Gorbachev and Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Janet Tobias’ No Place on Earth; and Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld.
Apple, for its part, announced plans for its upcoming TV service with a star-studded presentation two weeks ago, featuring cameos by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and J.J. Abrams. During her time onstage, Winfrey announced that she is working on two documentary projects for the platform — one on toxic work environments and the other on mental health. The latter was revealed to be a partnership with Prince Harry.