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Apple TV+ adds Erika Clarke, Colleen Grogan as unscripted creative execs

Spotify’s Erika Clarke and Hot Snakes Media’s Colleen Conway Grogan have joined Apple TV+ as unscripted creative executives, tasked with developing and overseeing non-fiction series. The executives will report to Molly Thompson, ...
April 7, 2021

Spotify’s Erika Clarke and Hot Snakes Media’s Colleen Conway Grogan have joined Apple TV+ as unscripted creative executives, tasked with developing and overseeing non-fiction series.

The executives will report to Molly Thompson, Apple’s head of documentaries and unscripted, with Clarke based in Los Angeles and Grogan in New York.

Clarke (pictured left) most recently co-led Spotify’s in-house podcast studio and previously served as executive producer of original content and podcast development at Spotify Studios.

Before that, she spent 10 years at MTV, rising through the ranks to supervising producer, where she was part of the team behind Cribs. Clarke also served as an independent producer and director on programming ranging from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the Travel Channel’s adventure and genealogy series Follow Your Past and the Peabody Award-winning CNN Heroes.

Clarke was nominated for an Emmy Award as an executive producer on White People, an MTV Look Different documentary.

Emmy-winning Grogan (right), meanwhile, recently served as SVP of development for Hot Snakes Media where she shepherded and sold both non-fiction and scripted originals.

Previously, Grogan served as VP of non-fiction for Lifetime TV, overseeing series including Coming Home, Bring It! and The Week the Women Went.

Grogan executive produced the short film Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), which won the 2019 Academy Award for best documentary, short subject.

She additionally picked up an Emmy for her work on the series Intervention, which she executive produced.

Apple’s growing lineup of documentaries and series includes Boys State, Beastie Boys Story, Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry and Werner Herzog’s Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, as well as upcoming documentary event series The Supermodels from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries and The Velvet Underground from director Todd Haynes.

The streamer’s unscripted slate also includes Visible: Out on Television, Greatness Code, Dear… and Home.

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