Michael Lombardo


HBO discards Vinyl

US cable channel HBO has cancelled high profile music drama Vinyl, going back on plans to run a second season. The cancellation marks significant failure for Time Warner-owned HBO, and may be seen as new programming chief Casey Bloys putting his stamp on the network by distancing himself from it. The much anticipated series, which had […]

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, McKay plot media mogul family drama

HBO has ordered a pair of pilots, including a drama about a 21st century global media powerbroker family from director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. The other pilot is about a Somali community in Minnesota, and has The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow attached as executive producer. The pilots orders of Succession and Mogadishu, Minnesota […]

Westworld finally gets launch date

HBO’s troubled TV adaptation of the Westworld movie has been given an autumn launch date. The much-anticipated ten-part series was originally expected to launch last year, before production was halted so that showrunner and writer Jonathan Nolan, and fellow writer Lisa Joy could finish the scripts. At that point, the launch was expected to be pushed […]

In-demand charts: Spain (15 – 21 May 2016)

Our latest fortnightly feature in association with Parrot Analytics reveals the most in-demand shows from another European territory. Spain’s most popular digital original is Narcos. The Pablo Escobar-inspired drama was streaming service Netflix’s first big Spanish-language – or more accurately Spanish and English-language – play and its success in Spain is therefore unsurprising. Spanish viewers also love […]

HBO confirms new content president

Casey Bloys will fill Michael Lombardo’s shoes at HBO after the president of programming announced his exit following a 33-year stint at the premium cabler. Bloys was given a wider role at HBO earlier this year, adding drama to his comedy brief, in the wake of Michael Ellenberg’s departure. He has now been upped again, and […]

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 […]

News brief: HBO chiefs to headline Banff

HBO’s Richard Plepler (left) and Michael Lombardo will headline the Banff World Media Festival. The industry confab, held in the Canadian Rockies in June, has HBO as its ‘company of distinction’ and Plepler, CEO and chairman of the premium cabler, will give a keynote address. Michael Lombardo, will also speak, in a session with Damon […]

HBO’s Girls gets a final season

HBO’s comedy drama series Girls will end after its sixth season, the premium cable net has confirmed. The Lena Dunham series, which counts Judd Apatow among its exec producers, heads into season five on HBO in the US next month. The cable net has commissioned a sixth run, after which it will come to an […]

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