WarnerMedia fills out HBO Max original programming, business teams

HBO Max is scheduled to launch commercially in spring of 2020 and is expected to premiere with 10,000 hours of premium content. (WarnerMedia)

HBO Max, the upcoming subscription streaming service from WarnerMedia, has filled out the rest of its executive team in charge of original programming.

Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president at TNT, TBS and truTV, made the announcement today.

“HBO Max is committed to delivering IP of the highest quality by closely collaborating with top talent to bring their ideas to life, and then strategically managing that content to build and sustain lasting cultural impact and value,” said Reilly in a statement. “I’m honored to work with this accomplished team of executives who have amassed an arsenal of our industry’s most prestigious awards, are innovative thinkers, and trusted partners in which the creative community can put their faith every single day.”


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The team is being led by Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, who reports directly to Reilly. Her new team includes Joey Chavez, executive vice president of original drama; Jessie Henderson, executive vice president of original feature films; Jeniffer Kim, senior vice president of international originals; Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original comedy and animation; and Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids.

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Aubrey joins HBO Max after previously serving as executive vice president of original programming for TNT. She and her team will be tasked with “building on the HBO core audience by targeting younger adults as well as kids and families.”

Chavez comes to HBO Max after serving as senior vice president of original programming at TNT. Henderson joins the streaming service after forming and serving as co-president of Feigco Entertainment with Paul Feig, where she produced film and television projects. Kim joins HBO Max after serving as senior vice president of original programming for TBS. Makkos comes over to the streaming service from Fox Broadcasting, where she was executive vice president of comedy programming and development. O’Connell joins HBO Max after working at Lionsgate where she oversaw the development and production of the studio’s unscripted slate across all platforms.

HBO Max also set up its business operations and strategy group. It includes Eric Besner, senior vice president of business development and strategy; Sandra Dewey, president of business operations and production; Meredith Gertler, executive vice president of program strategy and planning; and Michael Quigley, executive vice president of content acquisitions and strategy.

Besner comes over from Warner Bros., while Dewey comes over from Turner and Cartoon Network. Gertler has been with HBO since 2004, and Quigley comes over from Turner.

HBO Max is scheduled to launch commercially in spring of 2020 and is anticipated to premiere with 10,000 hours of premium content.

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