Game of Thrones HBO was in a similar position 12 years ago when another blockbuster drama series, The Sopranos came to an end. As was the case back then, they are raised in the HBO's. In an interview with Deadline, Bob Greenblatt, the recently appointed Chairman of the WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, who oversees HBO as well as the upcoming WarnerMedia digital platform and Turner, and HBO President of programming Casey Bloys address those questions. Greenblatt also discusses the possibility for more Game of Thrones universe series beyond the prequel
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] HBO brass have a good deal of time, and this is how it is going to be. about a "bigger and broader" HBO, the top streaming leader Netflix. Bloys and Greenblatt share the latest program for the new generation head, Len Amato, who is taking over for departing Kary Antholis.
Greenblatt also provides an update on the wake of the WarnerMedia's acquisition by AT&T and the streaming platform. and gives an update to Silicon Valley may be coming to an end. Additionally, Greenblatt who executive produced HBO's Six Feet Under
DEADLINE : Game Of Thrones is coming to an end; now what ? What does HBO's future look like without its signature series?
Bloy : If you think about what has AIREDA Between the last season of Game of Thrones Westworld, Succession, Sharp Objects, The Deuce, My Brilliant Friend, The Night Of, Leftovers, Barry, Veep, High Maintenance John Oliver , Bill Maher, Not to mention the docs, Hard Knocks, The Shop and that's going to continue going forward. I'm not going to sit here and say, oh, it's a big deal. Game of Thrones Game of Thrones Game of Thrones. There's a lot of really high quality, really great that we do, and that's going to continue. and The Nevers, and His Dark Materials . We've ever had in the works. I will personally be sad to see Game of Thrones go.
GREENBLATT I like it as a fan, I love it, but as usual, HBO will survive and we will go on. is what the future is. And there's always something that comes along. I don't think anybody would say that they thought The Sopranos would turn into what would turn into what it did. This is how I think that is the best thing to do when it comes to getting the most out of the world. HBO has the Game of Thrones prequel pilot, with several other prequels in development. GOT shows on the air? GREENBLATT : It's a double-edged sword. The answer is yes, we are having conversations about how to do Game of Thrones universe, but we have to be really thoughtful about that. many are too many. We’re having all those conversations. I don’t know yet what will come from, but George Martin is involved. There is a prequel in production, but just a pilot.
DEADLINE A lot has been said about increasing. the volume of HBO programming.
BLOYS: We're at 150 Hours. Now that Bob has had time to settle in. I could stay there, it could go up. Part of it is determined by the show have to be good. We are trying to do good shows, and I think that is a good thing, at HBO? We don't want to lose that. We don’t want the volume to get it in the shuffle.
GREENBLATT : I think we'll stay at this level, what do you think? .
Have the two of you had creative conversations yet? Bob, you come from a development background,
BLOYS : Bob has had a lot of experience, and just taking him through the schedules of, he's worked with almost everybody and knows who is really good and. It is always helpful to talk to someone who has done this and understands programming.
GREENBLATT There is a couple of special things that I want to do in the company. I have been talking about. I went to Casey and said, hey, here's something that I think might be great for us. The last thing I want to do is to get things done in the system, but there is a couple of things in the house.
I'm thrilled to walk into a place where it doesn't have to be reinvented. NBC was a different experience for me. It was a complete reinvention of that company on so many levels; the cupboards were bare, and we started over. This is an incredible shape. So i just get to not only revel in that, but it's like, oh, there's a good idea, I've heard about this, let's talk about this,
DEADLINE : Bob, you oversee both HBO and WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming platform. Will there be any over the two terms of programming? Do you want to serve as a source of direct content to the two outlets?
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The HBO stuff is going to stay what it is and what do you know that it is. and we know what that is. The streaming platform is going to hopefully extend and expand beyond what HBO does. So there are some things that might look like, oh, that could be a HBO, but I think it will be the same. What HBO doesn't really do much to say about HBO? HBO shows that they can be a HBO shows. That would be duplicative, and there is a lot of things that are not going to be HBO's main focus DEADLINE : A couple of programming questions. True Detective is coming off a third installment starring Mahershala Ali.
BLOYS : No. Nic is thinking if he's got an idea, and we'll wait to see it. With the third season, he showed us scripts that were great, and thats why we decided to do it.
BLOYS: I haven't seen anything. : Sharp Objects to get the second installment but Marti Noxon recently made comments that she and author Gillian Flynn have an idea for a second season. Are you having conversations for more episodes?
BLOYS : They haven t come to us with anything, and my suspicion is one season was right for that show. I can’t imagine getting everybody back. The hard thing about these things is the one thing that is the best thing about the show. Any update on Silicon Valley 's upcoming sixth season being its last?
BLOYS : They are in the writers' room now. We usually have two seasons' worth. We’ll talk about that. They haven't come back. They're still talking and we'll see.
DEADLINE : Are you planning any changes for Cinemax’s programming strategy.
GREENBLATT : I think not having gotten around to anything else, but I think Cinemax is going to stay what it has been. It is very well distributed and HBO proper. I think it is just going to the way it has been; Casey, I don't know if you want to add anything.
BLOYS : No big changes. We are going to be any one of the big changes in its direction, but for the time being, we are going to continue to do the international coproductions, the pulpy action kind
DEADLINE : Any update on layoffs?
GREENBLATT : I'm happy to speak to that because I know people are still curious about it. somebody has been saying, oh, it is a thousand cuts, which I just laugh about. Disney and Fox is a completely different animal from what we are doing, and I understand why those massive layoffs are happening over there.
efficiency. I don’t want to blend the brands or dilute any of that. No. Additionally we add to the streaming service,
You are not going to wake up one day and see hundreds of pink slips in any department. It will be just a thoughtful process.
DEADLINE : Any plans for a Deadwood Deadwood ? Bob?
GREENBLATT : By the way, I'd love it. I just put up a post office in the Santa Monica HBO office building, and I 'm so proud of that show. I don't think that a show that will probably come back to many other people. It is a cemented in me as a younger executive, and a talent relationship should happen. It was the most satisfying experience I have ever had in this business. I was trying to emulate it at Showtime, I continue to try to emulate it in the places that I've been, and I'm thrilled to be.
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