Following last week’s departure of HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, the U.S. premium cable net has announced the promotion of former president of series, late night and specials, Casey Bloys, to programming topper.
Bloys will report directly to HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, and will oversee all programming for HBO and Cinemax, including HBO Documentaries and Family, HBO Films, HBO Sports and HBO Entertainment.
His direct reports will include Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films and Family; Peter Nelson, EVP of HBO Sports; Len Amato, president of HBO Films; and Kary Antholis, president of HBO minseries and Cinemax programming.
The departure of Lombardo, a longtime HBO exec who first joined the net in 1983, was first reported by Variety on Friday. He is expected to continue a relationship with HBO in a producing capacity. He held the position of programming president since 2007.
Bloys was promoted to his previous position at HBO in January of this year, following the exit of drama development head Michael Ellenberg. Before that, he oversaw comedy development and production as EVP of HBO Entertainment. He has been with the network since 2004.
Regarding Lombardo’s departure, HBO’s Plepler said in a statement that “his brilliant work will stand the test of time and his tenure will be recognized as second to none.” As for the promotion of Bloys, Plepler said the executive “has the deepest respect and admiration of our colleagues inside the company as well as throughout the creative community.”