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HBO Films taps exex

Cabler looks inward to fill top creative ranks

With the birth of HBO Films last month, the cabler is now solidifying its exec staff with the appointments of a new creative team aimed to spearhead development and production of the division’s slate.

Division prexy Colin Callender tapped veterans from both the now-merged HBO NYC and HBO Pictures units as the core of his new team. Reporting directly to Callender will be three senior execs in charge of development and production of telepics and minis for the cabler.

Keri Putnam will now serve as senior VP of HBO Films after a term as VP of HBO NYC where she cultivated productions including “If These Walls Could Talk.” Based in Los Angeles, her current projects include the “Witness Protection” with Tom Sizemore, “If These Walls Could Talk 2” with Sharon Stone, and “Cheaters” with Jeff Daniels.

Two new veepees of the division will be Kary Antholis and Jonathan Krauss. Antholis was formerly VP of original programming, drama events at the channel while Krauss joins the company from Illusion Entertainment where he served as VP of production and was responsible for Oliver Stone-produced and helmed theatrical movies.

“We’re very excited to have tapped such accomplished executives from outside HBO as well as promoting from within, bringing together from both coasts some of the brightest people in the film and TV industry,” said Callender.

He also announced the creation of the HBO Films Development Unit. Callender named Jennifer Sherwood, formerly director of development at Miramax/Dimension Films, and Ani Gasti, formerly director of development at HBO NYC to direct the unit.