David Levine Out at HBO, Francesca Orsi to Oversee Drama Development Solo

Levine ran point on “Westworld” and “True Detective,” Orsi handles “Game of Thrones” and “Big Little Lies”

Last Updated: February 7, 2019 @ 3:47 PM

HBO co-head of drama development and programming David Levine is stepping down from the company. Francesca Orsi will now oversee the department on her own. The two are pictured together above.

“David has been a valued member of the HBO family for 10 years and worked on some of our finest shows,” HBO chief Casey Bloys said on Thursday. “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.”

Levine, who will return to producing, was named co-head of HBO drama series in June 2016. He’s been in charge of “Westworld” and “True Detective,” and worked on “Sharp Objects,” “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood.”

Orsi ran point on “Big Little Lies,” “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.” She came to HBO back in 2003 as an executive assistant.

Levine joined HBO as a consultant in 2009. He was named director that same year. By 2014, he was a senior vice president there.

Prior to HBO, Levine was a development/production VP at Mandalay Entertainment, and served as a producer at Fuse Entertainment, where he developed and co-produced the pilot for USA’s “Burn Notice.”

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