Following the sudden exit late last week of Michael Lombardo as HBO programming chief, the pay-cable channel has named Casey Bloys as president of programming, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The shakeup, which left many of HBO’s top producers blindsided, comes during a whirlwind year for the former comedy executive, who was bumped up to president of series, late night and specials following the ouster of drama head Michael Ellenberg in late January,” the story reports.
Lombardo, meanwhile, is transitioning to a producer role, with the report citing insiders saying he will have “a significant deal at HBO.” “In an interview shortly after the news broke, Lombardo acknowledged that the term ‘producer’ would be loosely defined, noting that he’s looking to do something entrepreneurial while remaining close to the creative and his longtime network home,” THR notes.
The report adds: “Bloys is no doubt green for a role of this size and scale, as his domain included merely comedy until roughly four months ago. It should be noted, though, that in that space, the well-liked executive fared well, having shepherded such series as ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Girls’ and ‘Veep’ as well as newer entry ‘Ballers,’ a more recent attempt to broaden the network’s comedy brand.”