I hear that Casey Bloys, who was promoted to president, HBO Series, Late Night and Specials, in January, is poised to succeed Michael Lombardo, who will be stepping down as the network’s president of programming.
I hear Bloys would take over all creative areas previously overseen by Lombardo, including series, movies, miniseries and documentaries. In January, Bloys — previously EVP comedy — added oversight of drama series following the departure of EVP drama Michael Ellenberg. He had become the top programming executive under Lombardo.
Bloys is a well liked long-time HBO executive. Unlike Lombardo, a 33-year HBO veteran who started in the legal department, Bloys has always been in development where he has a long track record. Bloys 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.
Comedy has been a strong area for HBO in the past few years under Bloys. Some of the HBO series he has overseen include current best comedy Emmy winner Veep and critically praised Silicon Valley.