HBO Names Francesca Orsi & David Levine Co-Heads Of Drama


Casey Bloys has made his first executive appointment as president of HBO Programming, naming the network’s veterans Francesca Orsi and David Levine as co-heads of drama series. The two were promoted to SVP in 2014 and had been the senior drama development executives under Bloys since the departure of head of drama Michael Ellenberg in January. They will oversee the development and production of all drama series for the network, reporting to Bloys. Amy Gravitt runs comedy.

“Francesca and David have long histories at HBO,” said Bloys. “They understand the brand intimately and enjoy strong, respected relationships with the creative community.”

Orsi is SVP, HBO Programming. She currently oversees the upcoming Big Little Lies and Vinyl. Series under her direction have included The Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire and Big Love as well as the comedy Getting On. She also had a hand in shepherding In Treatment, True Blood and Tell Me You Love Me. Orsi joined HBO in 2003 as an executive assistant to the head of Drama. She rose through the programming ranks to her current tile, which she has held since August of 2014.

Levine is SVP, HBO Programming. He currently oversees JJ Abrams and Jonah Nolan’s Westworld, Game of Thrones, the upcoming Sharp Objects as well as the Cinemax series The Knick. Past series include True Detective and True Blood. Levine came to HBO as a consultant in 2009, and was named director, HBO Entertainment, that same year. In 2011, he was promoted to vice president, HBO Entertainment, and then senior vice president, HBO Programming in August 2014.

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