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HBO Europe restructures original production teams

Following its expansion in the Nordic region and Spain, HBO Europe has restructured its senior original production team. Hanka Kastelicova (pictured) has been named VP and executive producer, documentaries, HBO Europe. She was ...
February 14, 2017

Following its expansion in the Nordic region and Spain, HBO Europe has restructured its senior original production team.

Hanka Kastelicova (pictured) has been named VP and executive producer, documentaries, HBO Europe.

She was appointed to the newly created role of executive producer of documentaries in 2012, tasked with overseeing all aspects of HBO Europe’s documentary output. Under her leadership, HBO Europe’s documentaries have seen significant success. The Polish documentary Communion just received three nominations at the 2017 Polish Eagles, and Kastelicova was recently awarded the Eurofipa D’Honneur last month at the 2017 FIPA festival. The award recognizes leading figures in the European audiovisual industry for their work and creative development.

Johnathan Young has been appointed VP, original programming and production for HBO Central Europe. He assumes responsibility for the central European teams in Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and Bucharest.

Young executive produced the drama series Mammon (Czech), The Pact (Poland) and Silent Valley (Romania). He is currently overseeing the second season of The Pack (Wataha) in Poland. Steve Matthews has been named VP and executive producer, drama development, HBO Europe, with a brief covering of Central Europe, Nordic and Spain. His recent credits for HBO include executive producing Wasteland (Pustina, Czech) and Golden Life (Aranyelet, Hungary). He is currently overseeing Blinded by the Lights in Poland.

Young, Matthews and Kastelicova all report directly to Antony Root, EVP, original programming and production at HBO Europe.

HBO’s management shuffle means three senior execs now cover specific geographical regions. Young covers HBO Central Europe, Hanne Palmquist will focus on HBO Nordic, and Miguel Salvat was recently appointed at HBO España.

Matthews and Kastelicova will have genre remits respectively in drama development and documentaries across all three HBO European regions.

“We are immensely proud of our programming achievements and that HBO Europe series and documentaries are now being seen and recognized internationally,” said Root in a release. “This has only been made possible by the exceptional quality of our production executives. We look forward to continued success in central and eastern Europe and to building our original programming presence in the Nordic region and Spain.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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