Exec, Schwartz casting 'net wide for talent'

HBO has hired veteran series development executive Harvey Myman to become VP of creative affairs for HBO Independent Prods.

Myman said he and his boss, Russell Schwartz, executive VP of creative affairs, business and planning, are casting their net wide for talent. “We’re talking not only to people who’ve worked successfully in TV,” Myman said, “but also to feature-film writers and novelists. We’re looking for the most interesting projects.”

Myman’s most recent job was senior VP of comedy development for Columbia TriStar TV. Even though he has focused on comedy in his previous industry jobs, Myman said he’s now pitching ideas for hourlong dramas to ABC, which has an exclusive deal with HBO-IP.

Only if ABC passes on a project can HBO-IP take it to another network, Myman said.

Before Columbia TriStar, Myman was for seven years at Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, where he worked on such shows as “Third Rock From the Sun” and “Grace Under Fire.” During this period, he was also executive producer of the short-lived series “God, the Devil & Bob” and “Men Behaving Badly” for NBC and “Townies” for ABC.

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