A top executive at HBO is leaving the premium cable channel after 10 years and will return to producing. Deadline reports that David Levine, executive vice president and co-head of drama is headed out, with fellow EVP and co-head of drama Francesca Orsi to become sole head of the department.
In a statement to Deadline, Casey Bloys, president of programming for HBO, said: “David has been a valued member of the HBO family for 10 years and worked on some of our finest shows. We look forward to working with him as a producer on projects in the years to come. We’re thrilled that Francesca will step up to head of drama programming.”
The report notes that during his tenure at HBO, where he arrived as a consultant in 2009, Levine oversaw series including “Westworld,” “True Detective,” “Sharp Objects,” “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood.”
“Levine, who also recently oversaw development on ‘The Outsider,’ ‘The Nevers,’ ‘Demimonde’ and the ‘GOT’ prequel, is expected to continue to work on his current projects in some capacity,” Deadline adds.