HBO Ups Comedy and Talk/News Execs

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Nina Rosenstein (left), Amy Gravitt

Network vets Amy Gravitt and Nina Rosenstein rise to exec vp status in a new round of promotions.

HBO has promoted two senior executives, with Amy Gravitt and Nina Rosenstein both named executive vp HBO programming.

The pair, who boast a combined 36 years with the company, previously served as senior vice presidents. They will continue to report to HBO series, late night and specials president Casey Bloys, respectively overseeing development and production on comedy series (Gravitt) and talk shows, news programs and specials (Rosenstein).

“Both Amy and Nina are talented leaders with sharp, creative instincts and an ear for unique voices,” Bloys said Thursday in a statement. “All one needs to do is look at the programs they have developed for the network to see the significant impact they have had on HBO as a whole.”

Gravitt, who joined the network in 2004, oversees Emmy darling Veep and Silicon Valley (see her very charming note about the show's recent equine coitus here) as well as upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle Divorce and Danny McBride's Vice Principals, among many other series. First serving as an executive assistant in the comedy department, the former U.S. Navy Lieutenant got her entertainment start at George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's Section 8. 

As for Rosenstein, her elevation comes at a time when the premium cable network is aggressively adding to its talk and news roster — in large part to service its growing HBO Now platform. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Real Time With Bill Maher and Vice are all under her purview, as is Vice's upcoming daily news program and Bill Simmons' upcoming weekly talker. In specials, Rosenstein has an aggressive catalog of concert and comedy events under her belt, and she recently oversaw the coup that was Beyonce's Lemonade. She has been with HBO since 1992.