12:03pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
HBO Names Francesca Orsi and David Levine Heads of Drama Series
HBO is filling out its executive ranks in the wake of programming president Michael Lombardo's departure.
The cable network on Thursday named Francesca Orsi and David Levine as co-heads of drama series. The promotions follow Casey Bloys' elevation to Lombardo's post in May. Together, Orsi and Levine — both serving most recently as senior vice presidents of HBO programming — will now oversee the development and production of all of the network's drama series.
“Francesca and David have long histories at HBO. They understand the brand intimately and enjoy strong, respected relationships with the creative community,” said Bloys, to whom they will both report. “In this new structure, two talented executives are in a position to quickly greenlight HBO’s next great slate of drama series.”
Orsi has been overseeing the upcoming Big Little Lies and Vinyl. She also has shepherded dramas including The Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire and Big Love, as well as comedy Getting On. She had a hand in overseeing In Treatment, True Blood and Tell Me You Love Me, as well. Orsi first joined HBO in 2003 as an executive assistant to the head of drama at the time, rising through the ranks to her senior vp role, which she assumed in 2014.
For his part, Levine has been overseeing J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan’s forthcoming drama Westworld and also the upcoming Sharp Objects, as well as Game of Thrones and Cinemax series The Knick. Previous dramas he has worked on include True Detective and True Blood. Levine came to HBO as a consultant in 2009 and was named director of HBO Entertainment later that year. In 2011, he was promoted to vice president of HBO Entertainment.