HBO Ups Programming Execs Casey Bloys and Michael Ellenberg

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Casey Bloys & Michael Ellenberg

The duo will now both serve as executive vps under president Michael Lombardo.

In the wake of entertainment president Sue Naegle's departure, HBO has upped two key players in its programming department.

The premium cable network announced Tuesday that both Casey Bloys and Michael Ellenberg have been promoted to executive vice president. The pair previously oversaw development and production of comedy and drama, respectively.

"Both Casey and Michael already have proven track records and have been pivotal in developing one of the strongest series slates in HBO history," said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, to whom they'll report. "They are recognized throughout the industry as two of the most talented entertainment executives and, equally important, valued within the company for their leadership and strategic vision."

The move, widely rumored in recent weeks, is a way to give both men more responsibility while, at the same time, delegating some of the programming responsibilities that kicked up onto Lombardo's plate in Naegle's absence. Naegle's position as entertainment president will not be filled, with the former agent segueing into a role as producer with a rich first-look deal at HBO.

Bloys has led HBO comedy since 2006, having overseen the development and production of Girls, Veep and Eastbound and Down, among others. He joined HBO in 2004 as director of development at HBO Independent Productions, and was promoted to vice president the following year. Prior to HBO, Bloys was director of development for Wass-Stein Productions, having started his career in entertainment as an assistant in the current and development departments of CBS.       

For his part, Ellenberg joined HBO in 2011 to head up drama series as senior vp of HBO Entertainment. In addition to overseeing HBO dramas, including Game of Thrones, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, he's been heavily involved in newcomers True Detective and Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers. Prior to joining HBO, he spent four years at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions as senior vice president, working on the production of the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus as well as films Robin Hood, Cyrus and the upcoming Child 44. Before that, Ellenberg spent three years at Scott Rudin Productions in Los Angeles as a vice president.