Michael Lombardo is president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office.
He is responsible for overseeing all of HBO’s original programming initiatives including HBO Films, HBO Sports, HBO Documentaries & Family and HBO Entertainment.
He also oversees HBO’s Program Planning group, which is responsible for research and scheduling in connection with the HBO and Cinemax services.
In addition, he is responsible for the West Coast Business Affairs, Legal and Production departments. He was named to this position in June 2007.
During his tenure as president, HBO Programming, HBO has launched some of its most acclaimed and successful series including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones, which rank among the top programs in the network’s history, as well as first season Emmy® Awards for Girls and Veep.
Additional award-winning programs include the miniseries Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, and Generation Kill; HBO Films’ Too Big To Fail, Temple Grandin, Taking Chance, Grey Gardens, Game Change and You Don’t Know Jack.
Lombardo also shepherded Cinemax’s first foray into primetime originals with the popular action series Strike Back. Formerly, Lombardo was executive vice president, Business Affairs, Production and Programming Operations, a position he held since January 2003.
In this capacity, he was responsible for the negotiation and administration of talent, production and license agreements for HBO original programming as well as overseeing the network’s West Coast Production and Legal departments and the Programming Operations area, which includes original programming operations, administration and budgeting.
Lombardo currently serves on the boards of The Paley Center, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).
He has an AB degree from Cornell University and JD from the University of California at Berkeley
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