HBO’s Francesca Orsi extends contract with new role in place

HBO has extended Francesca Orsi’s contract through 2026, with the executive taking on a new role as executive vice president of HBO programming and head of drama series and HBO movies. The name of the position reflects a change from two years prior, when Orsi’s oversight was extended to include the film division following Len Amato’s departure.

Orsi has worked for HBO since 2003, when she started as an executive assistant. She eventually rose through the ranks to co-head the drama series development and programming department in 2016 with David Levine, who helmed “Westworld” and “True Detective.” The role was Casey Bloys’ first date, HBO’s president of programming. In 2019, she became the sole supervisor of the division after her release. A year later, her position was solidified with Head of Drama Film Programming; his new title more accurately reflects his responsibilities within the company.

“Francesca’s taste, her deep understanding of storytelling and her unparalleled relationships with some of the best creators working today make her a truly distinguished dramatic executive,” said Bloys, who is chief content officer at HBO and HBO. Max. “I am thrilled that Francesca has decided to continue her long and successful career at HBO and that we will continue to work together for years to come.”

Throughout his tenure, Orsi helmed series like ‘Succession’, ‘Big Little Lies’, ‘Mare of Easttown’, ‘Watchmen’, ‘The White Lotus’, ‘Euphoria’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and his already-successful prequel “House of the Dragon.” She will also star in upcoming shows “The Idol” and “The Last of Us.” On the movie side, Orsi has overseen Emmy-nominated “The Survivor” and “Oslo.”

Deadline first broke the news.

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