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HBO Max Names Senior Content Execs


Sarah Aubrey, formerly at TNT, has been tapped as head of original content at HBO Max, reporting to Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service.

Aubrey’s team includes Joey Chavez as EVP of original drama, Jessie Henderson as EVP of original feature films, Jeniffer Kim as senior VP of international originals, Suzanna Makkos as EVP of original comedy and animation and Jennifer O’Connell as EVP of original non-fiction and kids.

Reilly has also unveiled his business operations and strategy group, including Eric Besner as senior VP of business development and strategy, Sandra Dewey as president of business operations and production, Meredith Gertler as EVP of program strategy and planning (reporting into Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, with a dual function on HBO Max) and Michael Quigley as EVP of content acquisitions and strategy. Patrick Kelly, EVP of business affairs, will report to Dewey.
HBO Max is expected to feature a slate of over 10,000 hours of content when it launches in the spring of 2020.

“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. “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.”

“Kevin has assembled a stellar creative team for new originals and acquisitions that will make our HBO Max service second-to-none,” added Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer. “With these originals and the full force of the vast WarnerMedia portfolio, including the might of HBO, I couldn’t be more proud of the content we are bringing together across this company that will appeal to everyone in the household.”

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