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HBO Promotes Francesca Orsi and David Levine to Head Drama Series (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO has promoted Francesca Orsi and David Levine to co-heads of drama series, overseeing all production and development for the network.

The pair, who are both senior VPs, report to Casey Bloys, president of programming. The promotions follow Bloys’ elevation to head of programming last month following the transition initiated by Michael Lombardo’s decision to step down as programming chief.

“Francesca and David have long histories at HBO,” Bloys said. “They understand the brand intimately and enjoy strong, respected relationships with the creative community. In this new structure, two talented executives are in a position to quickly green light HBO’s next great slate of drama series.”

Orsi has been with HBO since 2003, signing on as an assistant in the drama department. At present she’s overseeing drama series “Vinyl” and “Big Little Lies.” Her past projects have included “The Leftovers,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Big Love” and the comedy “Getting On.”

Levine has been with HBO since 2009. At present he’s overseeing “Game of Thrones” and Cinemax’s “The Knick” as well as the upcoming “Westworld,” and “Sharp Objects.”

The promotions of Orsi and Levine follow the elevations of Amy Gravitt and Nina Rosenstein to exec VPs overseeing comedy and late-night programming, respectively.

HBO has been revving up development in recent weeks amid the executive changes at the network. Last week it ordered two drama pilots, one from Adam McKay and one from Kathryn Bigelow.

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