Apple Hires Paramount Exec Dana Tuinier to Lead Comedy TV Efforts

According to a new report from TBI Vision, Apple has hired Paramount Network executive Dana Tuinier to load their comedy TV efforts.

Tuinier, who will report to Apple’s head of development Matt Cherniss, will oversee projects like an upcoming sketch comedy show starring Kristen Wiig.

At the Paramount Network, which was launched just 11 days ago, Tuinier was the VP of development and original programming. Prior to that, she was a programming director at Fox, with credits such as “Bob’s Burgers,” “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” and “New Girl.”

The Worldwide Video division has been growing at a rapid pace, including not just new executives but significant real estate investments. Apple is expected to debut a small slate of high-budget TV shows in 2019, available to anyone with a compatible device, instead of just Apple Music subscribers as with earlier, low-budget shows like “Carpool Karaoke.”

Apple is expected to distribute the material through the TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.