HBO has promoted Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller to executive vice presidents of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, from their current SVP roles. They will replace longtime Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins, who’s leaving the network in early 2018.
“With Nancy and Lisa leading a stellar team, there will be a continued commitment to the excellence that was a hallmark of Sheila’s tenure,” said Casey Bloys, president HBO programming. “Our viewers can look forward to a compelling slate of programming.”
Abraham joined the documentary division in 1995, was promoted to vice president, Documentary Programming, in 1998, and became senior vice president in 2009. She has served as a programming executive on such productions as Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Cries from Syria, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, Life According to Sam, Six by Sondheim, The Loving Story, Ethel and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
Heller came to HBO’s documentary division in 2000 from the PBS documentary series POV, where she was executive producer. She was promoted to vice president, Documentary Programming, in 2001 and became senior vice president in 2012. Heller has served as a programming executive on such documentaries as Born into Brothels, Capturing the Friedmans, Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted, Spielberg, The Black List, The Words That Built America and the series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, and family programs, including Sesame Street.
HBO moved quickly to fill the role that will be left by Nevins, whose departure was confirmed by HBO yesterday.
After 38 years, Nevins said she is leaving the network to “pursue the rest of my life.” She added, “HBO is in my DNA and I will always consider it to be my alma mater.”