The Leftovers

HBO gives Watchmen the green light

HBO has given the greenlight to Watchmen and ordered backup scripts for the project. Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers, pictured), the show’s creator along, alluded to the go-ahead Tuesday with an Instagram post which marked “Day One” in the writers’ room. HBO has since confirmed the order. Watchmen is based on the DC Comics miniseries of […]

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 […]

Time Warner: $19bn content investment coming

Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes says spend on production and programme marketing at the US media giant will soon reach US$19 billion. Bewkes (left) said during an investors’ call the spend was currently at US$15 billion, but would increase as synergies between the Turner Broadcasting System broadcasting business, premium channel HBO and Hollywood studio Warner […]

Reilly to ‘transform’ TBS, TNT with new team

Turner Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly has set out his senior team at the TBS and TNT US cable channels in his first major move since joining Turner last November. Outlining the new structure, the Turner chief said the changes were the first steps in transforming the basic cable channels and “doubling down on original programming”. […]

HBO returns for Leftovers ahead of UK trip

US premium cabler HBO has commissioned a second season of paranormal drama The Leftovers ahead of programming president Michael Lombardo’s trip to the UK next week. Warner Bros. Television-produced and distributed mystery The Leftovers comes from Damien Lindelof (Lost) and author Tom Perrotta, and follows a world in which 140 million people inexplicably disappear. The […]

HBO develops Sony Pictures TV’s mystery drama

US premium network HBO is developing Sony Pictures Television’s mystery drama The Return of Daniel Shepherd, marking one of the first times that it bought a show from an outside studio. Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, told TBI earlier this summer that the network was ramping up business with the Hollywood studios. This […]