In another streamlining move involving promotions and departures, WarnerMedia is merging the production and business affairs units of HBO and HBO Max.
“As HBO Max moves toward the same in-house production model that’s been the heart of the HBO programming lineup for the past many years, it’s become clear that we need greater consistency across the business and production practices of HBO and HBO Max,” said Glenn Whitehead, president of business affairs and production at HBO and HBO Max.
Janet Graham Borba, who has been in HBO’s production department for 25 years and headed it for four years, has been promoted to executive vice president production for the newly combined cable-plus-streaming service team.
Susanna Fellerman has been promoted to EVP of the combined business affairs team. She has been in HBO’s business affairs unit for 15 years and has, as its head since 2016, overseen general business affairs, labor relations, residuals and participations.
Borba and Fellerman, who have both been closely involved in several of HBO’s most successful series, including “Game of Thrones,” will report to Whitehead.
The departing executives are Sandra Dewey and Pat Kelly. Dewey had served as president of business operations and production for HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, while Kelly had served as EVP business affairs.