The UK-based broadcasting executive was once a favorite to succeed outgoing CEO David Abraham but quit just days before a decision was to be announced. Her time at Channel 4 ended just last month.
The hire is Apple's first high profile move in Europe as it seeks to expand its original programming efforts. Hunt also served as a controller for BBC One and director of programmes at Channel 5.
When she starts at Apple in January, Ms Hunt will play a key role in its international creative development team as it looks to deploy a budget of more than $1bn for original series over the next year. That team will report to Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, its Los Angeles-based chief content officers, both of whom Apple lured from Sony Pictures Television in June to begin its latest push into television.
Apple confirmed the appointment on Wednesday but declined to comment further. More details at the link below.