HBO just made it official, confirming Deadline’s report that Casey Bloys is been promoted to president of programming. He succeeds Michael Lombardo, who is stepping down after more than 30 years at the network.
In his new role, Bloys, who was promoted to president, HBO Series, Late Night and Specials, in January, will oversee all of HBO’s and Cinemax’s programming areas. That includes HBO Films, HBO Sports, HBO Documentaries & Family and HBO Entertainment. Len Amato, President, HBO Films; Kary Antholis, President, HBO Mini-Series & Cinemax Programming; Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports; and Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentaries & Family, will now report to Bloys.
“We are very fortunate that Casey will assume the role of President, HBO Programming. He has the deepest respect and admiration of our colleagues inside the company as well as throughout the creative community,” said HBO chairman Richard Plepler.
In the past couple of months, Bloys took a close look at the network’s development pipeline, with as many as 100 projects released.
Bloys is a well-liked long-time HBO executive who has a long track record in development. 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. Some of the HBO series he has overseen include best series Emmy winner Veep, Silicon Valley, Girls, Enlightened, Flight of the Conchords, Ballers, Eastbound and Down, Getting On and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, as well as the upcoming Divorce from Sarah Jessica Parker and Sharon Horgan, Insecure from Issa Rae and Vice Principals from Danny McBride and Jody Hill.
As head of programming, Lombardo oversaw the launch of such HBO series as True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Girls, Veep, Looking, Ballers, True Detective, Vice, The Jinx, Mildred Pierce, Olive Kitteridge and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – as well as the upcoming projects with Bill Simmons and Jon Stewart. He also shepherded Cinemax’s foray into primetime originals with Strike Back and Banshee and The Knick. At the last year’s Emmys, HBO garnered 43 awards, more than any other network in 40 years, including the best drama and comedy series trophies.
“It goes without saying that Mike’s contributions over these many years, most especially in the last nine as President of Programming, have been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Plepler. “I believe it’s fair to say that his brilliant work will stand the test of time and his tenure will be recognized as second to none.”