One of the top executives at HBO is exiting the pay-cable channel after 33 years. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that porgramming President Michael Lombardo is stepping down.
HBO wasn’t commenting, but the report says the news was confirmed by sources.
“Although HBO has been riding high with the latest season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ which continues to draw stellar ratings and won its first drama series Emmy last year, it’s been a challenging several months for the premium network,” THR reports. “‘Vinyl’ opened to soft numbers and saw the departure of showrunner Terence Winter, a longtime collaborator who had worked on ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire.'”
HBO has also struggled with production delays on its high-profile science-fiction drama “Westworld,” which went on hiatus midway through production on the first season and has yet to make it to air, the report notes.
Lombardo has been programming president since 2007. He is expected to make the transition to producing, with a deal believed to be in the works with HBO.