Apple hires Broadway Video exec for its worldwide video division

Apple has hired Broadway Video’s Kelly Costello as a business affairs executive, according to Variety.  She’ll report to Philip Matthys, head of business affairs for the company’s ever-growing worldwide video department.

Previously, Costello was executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. There she oversaw all aspects business and legal affairs matters as well as deals and agreements for the series “Portlandia” and “Documentary Now!,” along with multiple stand-up comedy specials. 

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Before that, Costello served for nearly seven years at Viacom in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president of business and legal affairs for the Music and Entertainment Group, notes Variety. She was also at one time Viacom’s vice president and head of Scripted (West Coast) for MTV Business and Legal Affairs. Costello was also the director of network and studio business affairs and senior counsel for legal affairs at NBC Universal Television. 

Apple has 15 scripted series in the works. Upcoming original programming titles include "Amazing Stores," "Are You Sleeping," "Home," "Little America," "See," "Swagger," an untitled Damien Chazelle drama, an untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Anniston dreamed, “Dickinson” (a half-hour comedy starring Hailee Stenifeld), an untitled Ronald D. Moore drama, an untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller series, a TV series adaption of “Foundation,” the Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy, and the half-hour dramedy “Little Voices” from producers J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles.