HBO just officially confirmed our scoop about the top programming executive shakeup at HBO. EVP comedy Casey Bloys has been promoted to president, HBO Series, Late Night and Specials. He adds oversight of drama series following the departure of EVP drama Michael Ellenberg, who will segue into a production deal with the pay cable network.
“It is never easy when someone of Michael’s talent decides to move on. He leaves us with an exceptional slate of drama programming, including our upcoming premiere of Vinyl and the recently announced David Simon series The Deuce. Michael will be missed and I thank him for graciously agreeing to assist in this transition period,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “Casey is a seasoned executive and this presents an exciting opportunity to expand his role at the company. He is an esteemed programming executive that the industry holds in the highest regard. We believe that by consolidating drama and comedy under his leadership that both genres will greatly benefit.”
The well liked Bloys is an HBO veteran, having joined the network in 2004 as director, Development, HBO Independent Productions, and was promoted to VP, HIP, in 2005. In 2006. He was named VP, HBO Entertainment, spearheading the development and production of comedy series and elevated to SVP in 2009 and EVP in 2013.
For several years, Bloys has been responsible for the network’s comedy series, late night and specials. He has overseen the development and production of Veep, which won a best series Emmy in September, Flight Of The Conchords, Eastbound And Down, Girls, Ballers, Silicon Valley, Enlightened and Getting On, as well as the upcoming series Divorce from Sarah Jessica Parker and Sharon Horgan and Insecure from Issa Rae.