10:26am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Sony TV Co-President Chris Parnell Departs for Apple
Chris Parnell is leaving Sony Pictures Television for a top programming job at Apple.
The SPT co-president had been with the indie studio for 16 years and will now reunite with former chiefs-turned-Apple heads of video Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht at the tech giant. In his new senior programming role on the domestic development team, the well-respected exec will report to Matt Cherniss, Apple’s head of scripted development and current programming, and be responsible for expanding Apple's slate of original series.
Parnell, during his time as co-president at Sony TV alongside Jason Clodfelter, guided creative aspects of the studio's domestic TV business. During his 16 years with Sony, he developed hits including Outlander, The Blacklist, The Boys, Preacher and Amazon's highly anticipated take on Wheel of Time. He also developed Ron Moore's space drama For All Mankind, which was one of four original series that helped launch Apple into scripted originals. The space drama was quickly renewed for a second season.
Parnell's departure will leave Clodfelter as Sony's co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, overseeing domestic projects as well as its banners including the newly launched TriStar TV. He will continue to report to Sony Pictures Television Studios president Jeff Frost. Frost announced Parnell's departure in a memo to staff. (Read that below.)
Parnell arrives at Apple as indie studio Sony TV continues to face an uphill battle in a climate in which media conglomerates prioritize ownership over licensing deals. Sony TV also divested its streamer, Crackle, which is now majority owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul.