Schreger ankles as HBO prexy

Exec sez he's leaving 'on a high note'

Charles Schreger has resigned as president of HBO Enterprises, to be succeeded by Perry Schneider, who’ll keep his current title as senior VP of film programming for HBO.

HBO Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of original series, movies and miniseries, and sports events like boxing, whose rights are owned by HBO. But an HBO spokesman insisted that the personnel shift is not a harbinger of any blueprint by AOL Time Warner, HBO’s parent company, to shift the foreign sale of “The Sopranos” and other HBO product to Warner Bros. Intl. TV.

The speculation has arisen because Schreger, 48, has spent the last 11 years building up the HBO Enterprises division into a successful distributor of the network’s programming to broadcast, cable and satellite outlets throughout the world.

By contrast, Schneider has served as senior VP of film programming, with responsibility for selling original HBO movies in the U.S. and abroad, only since October. But the HBO spokesman said Schneider is an “underutilized talent” who will be able to get up to speed quickly on his new post.

Leaving on high note

In an interview, Schreger said he’s leaving HBO “on a high note,” having “protected the programming assets of HBO” by convincing the network to negotiate for more rights to the series, movies and sports events it commissions.

“We used to own zero percent of the international rights to our boxing matches,” Schreger said, “and now we own about 75%.”

Without going into specific details, Schreger said he has just racked up record prices for “Band of Brothers,” the forthcoming 10-part miniseries about WWII combat produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Before HBO, Schreger held executive posts with Qintex Entertainment, Columbia Pictures and LBS Communications.

Schneider joined HBO as director of finance in May 1983 after serving as assistant VP and lending officer for the entertainment and media group of European American Bank.