Following the news Monday that Sheila Nevins will be stepping down after a long run as president of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, HBO announced today that it has named two executives as co-heads of the unit.
“Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller have been named executive vice presidents of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming,” the network said in a press release, noting that Nevins will be leaving the network early next year.
Said Bloys: “With Nancy and Lisa leading a stellar team, there will be a continued commitment to the excellence that was a hallmark of Sheila’s tenure. Our viewers can look forward to a compelling slate of programming.”
The announcement adds: “Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, both currently senior vice president, HBO Documentary and Family Programming, are responsible for the development, production and acquisition of HBO documentaries and family programs, which have garnered prestigious industry awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards, News and Documentary Emmy Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, Alfred I. duPont Awards and Academy Awards.
“Abraham joined the documentary division in 1995, was promoted to vice president, Documentary Programming, in 1998, and became senior vice president in 2009. She has served as a programming executive on such productions as ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,’ ‘Cries from Syria,’ ‘Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper,’ ‘Life According to Sam,’ ‘Six by Sondheim,’ ‘The Loving Story,’ ‘Ethel’ and ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.’
“Heller came to HBO’s documentary division in 2000 from the PBS documentary series ‘POV,’ where she was executive producer. She was promoted to vice president, Documentary Programming, in 2001 and became senior vice president in 2012. Heller has served as a programming executive on such documentaries as ‘Born Into Brothels,’ ‘Capturing the Friedmans,’ ‘Everything Is Copy — Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted,’ ‘Spielberg,’ ‘The Black List,’ ‘The Words That Built America’ and the series ‘The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,’ and family programs, including ‘Sesame Street.'”