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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins to Step Down

”I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there,“ 38-year network vet tells New York Times

HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins is leaving the cable network after 38 years, the New York Times reported.

Nevins revealed the news in an in-depth interview with Maureen Dowd that went live on Saturday.

“There’s something exciting about leaving a job. I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there,” Nevins tells Dowd. “If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.”

Nevins is taking “several projects” she started at HBO with her, which she plans to finish at home, according to the Times. She’s also mulling over a radio show with SiriusXM called “Kicking Ass With Sheila Nevins” and perhaps another book.

The exec has helmed the network’s documentary division since 1979 and acted as president since 2004. In the time that Nevins has been running the show, HBO has won 26 Oscars, the most recent being for 2015’s “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.”

Nevins has overseen production on over 1,000 documentaries for the cabler, including acclaimed projects like “Going Clear,” “Citizenfour” and “Bright Lights.”

The HBO vet has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 35 News and Documentary Emmys and 42 Peabody Awards for projects in which she held either an executive producer or producer credit.