Michael Ellenberg


Apple sets first official drama series

Apple has officially signed off on its first drama series, the long gestating scripted series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston (pictured). The show will follow the staff and stars of a morning TV show in the States, and Apple has given it a straight-to-series, two-season order comprising 20 episodes. Reports in the US describe […]

Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon partner for new show

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon have partnered up to star in a new drama series about American morning TV shows. The series is said to be written by House of Cards’ Jay Carson and hails from former HBO drama head Michael Ellenberg, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Ellenberg will executive produce the unnamed […]

Amazon poaches HBO comedy exec

Amazon Studios has hired HBO exec Nick Hall to become its head of comedy development. At the production arm of e-commerce giant Amazon, Hall will oversee development of all half-hour comedy, and report to Joe Lewis, head of half-hour TV series. At HBO, he was senior VP, comedy, working within the team of Casey Bloys, […]

Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO

US premium cable channel HBO is bringing Larry David and his comedy Curb Your Enthusiam back for a ninth season. The series, which stars David as a fictional version of himself living in LA, currently runs to 80 episodes, but has offered new episodes since 2011. The news is a boon for Time Warner-owned HBO, […]

HBO president Lombardo exiting

Michael Lombardo is exiting his position as president of programming at HBO, ending a 33-year career at the US premium cabler. Variety broke the news over the weekend, with Lombardo subsequently explaining his decision to rival US trade Deadline. He said he first considered leaving HBO after last year’s Emmy’s, at which it scooped the […]

HBO consolidates scripted as Ellenberg exits

US premium cable channel HBO has handed comedy chief Casey Bloys control of drama after the exit of Michael Ellenberg. Bloys has been promoted from executive VP to president, series, late night and specials at the Time Warner-owned network. This means he will take over the drama commissioning duties of EVP Ellenberg, who leaving but […]

HBO promotes pair post-Naegle departure

Premium cable channel HBO has promoted a pair of executives to heightened programming roles following the departure of Sue Naegle. Casey Bloys (below) and Michael Ellenberg (left) are both now executive VP, programming and will report directly to programming president Michael Lombardo. This comes after HBO’s president, entertainment, Naegle, decided to leave the company after […]