HBO Shakes Up Programming Team, Names Casey Bloys Series Chief

Michael Ellenberg to depart role as EVP, drama development

HBO is changing up the top ranks of its development department.

Michael Ellenberg, HBO’s executive vice president of drama development, is departing the company, TheWrap has learned. The network has promoted Casey Bloys to the role of president, late night and specials.

Ellenberg has agreed to a production deal with the network, which he joined in 2011 as SVP of drama, before being promoted to EVP in 2013. In his tenure, he oversaw such projects as “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers” and “True Detective.”

“It is never easy when someone of Michael’s talent decides to move on. He leaves us with an exceptional slate of drama programming, including our upcoming premiere of ‘Vinyl’ and the recently announced David Simon series ‘The Deuce.’ Michael will be missed and I thank him for graciously agreeing to assist in this transition period,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. “Casey is a seasoned executive and this presents an exciting opportunity to expand his role at the company. He is an esteemed programming executive that the industry holds in the highest regard. We believe that by consolidating drama and comedy under his leadership that both genres will greatly benefit.”

Bloys was named executive vice president, HBO programming in 2013. In that role he has been responsible for the network’s comedy series, late night and specials. Among the shows he has overseen development and production on are “Flight of the Conchords,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Veep,” “Girls,” “Ballers,” “Silicon Valley,” “Enlightened,” “Getting On” and the upcoming series “Divorce.” He also oversaw development of drams “Vinyl,” “Westworld,” “The Young Pope,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Deuce.”