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HBO Max names non-fiction programming team

HBO Max, the forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform from WarnerMedia, has bolstered its original non-fiction programming team with the appointments of Lizzie Fox, Brett Boydstun and Rebecca Quinn. The trio of executives will ...
September 23, 2019

HBO Max, the forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform from WarnerMedia, has bolstered its original non-fiction programming team with the appointments of Lizzie Fox, Brett Boydstun and Rebecca Quinn.

The trio of executives will be tasked with creating a slate of non-fiction originals for WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which is scheduled to launch in spring of 2020.

Fox has been named SVP of non-fiction programming for HBO Max.. She will be responsible for leading premium non-fiction programming strategy, as well as developing original content for the streaming service.

Fox (pictured, left) joins the service from CNN where she most recently served as VP of CNN original series. There, she managed the production of more than 40 series, including the multi Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, the Emmy winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell and This is Life with Lisa Ling.

Prior to CNN, Fox held senior positions at Sundance, Independent Film Channel and Viacom Productions.

Boydstun (right), meanwhile, has been tapped as SVP of non-fiction production and will be tasked with overseeing production efforts and cultivating relationships throughout the production community.

Most recently, he served as EVP and head of production at Karga Seven Pictures. There, his production credits include JFK: Declassified, Hunting Hitler and The Hunt for the Zodiak Killer.

Before joining Karga Seven, Boydstun held a 13-year career at Pilgrim Studios in a variety of capacities, including SVP of production finance and operations.

Lastly, Quinn (below) has been appointed VP of non-fiction original programming for the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer offering with oversight for the development of original programming.

Previously Quinn was head of development at Pulse Creative, under a deal at Lionsgate, where she created and executive produced various pilots, and series including Fox’s Kicking and Screaming, CBS’s Candy Crush, and YouTube’s Kevin Hart: What the Fit. Before this, Quinn was supervising producer on NBC’s Deal or No Deal? and Fear Factor; and on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: HomeEdition.

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Both Fox and Quinn will report to Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of original non-fiction and kids at HBO Max. Boydstun, meanwhile, reports into Mark Weissman, SVP of production for HBO Max.

“Non-fiction storytelling will be a crucial component to HBO Max and we now have the leadership and team in place to bring the best this genre has to offer to our offering,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS & truTV, in a statement.

“This senior team is phenomenal, having a formidable wealth of experience in the non-fiction space,” added O’Connell. “As a multi-Emmy winner, Lizzie has a reputation for producing a list of critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentaries and non-fiction series. Rebecca has a proven track record of creating and producing internationally renowned formats and franchises. I’m so fortunate to have this killer team to help build up the HBO Max non-fiction slate with our producing partners, both within the WarnerMedia family, as well as the rest of the creative community.”

“Brett has overseen production at top production companies and produced some of the industry’s most popular hit shows,” said Weissman. “His ability to apply his extensive experience and knowledge on day one has been a great addition to the non-fiction team.”

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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