Last night marked the start of the end for HBO flagship, the global mega hit Game Of Thrones. HBO was in similar position 12 years ago another blockbuster drama series, Sopranos ended. As was the case, questions were raised about the future of HBO and how the network could overcome the loss of its largest series. In a Last Day interview, Bob Greenblatt, the appointed Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, managing HBO as well as the upcoming digital platform of WarnerMedia and Turner, and the HBO President of Casey programming Bloys responds to those questions. Greenblatt also points to the possibility for more Game Of Thrones series of universe beyond prequel starring Naomi Watts, who was ordered to pilot.
& # 39; American Idol & # 39; Up As Viewers Start Voting  There are mixed signals how much programming volume in HBO will grow after expanding 50% to 150 hours in 2019. While HBO copper indicates the portfolio is likely to In addition, executives for AT & T's new owners are talking about a "larger and broader" HBO, imagining a major slate ramp-up to the rival current streaming leader Netflix. Bloys and Greenblatt shared the latest in the volume increases plans and addressed the future of Cinemax, with a new programming head, Len Amato, taking the Kary Antholis removal.
Greenblatt also provides an update on pending layoffs in the wake of WarnerMedia's acquisition of AT & T and how he will navigate any competition for premium projects between HBO and the streaming platform. The Bloys talks about the possible new installations of True Detective by Nic Pizzolatto and Marti Noxon Sharp Objects and provided an update if Silicon Valley yet, the Greenblatt executive made Six Feet Under HBO & # 39; s Under telling about the possibility to reboot.
DEADLINE : The Game Of Thrones ends; now what ? What does HBO's future look like without its series of signatures?
BLOYS : If you think about what was shown in the last period of the Game of Thrones , we have 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 documents, Hard Knocks, The Shop and continues to continue. I can not sit here and say, oh, it's not very good. Game of Thrones is a great show for us, but we are not the only network of Game of Thrones. There are so many really high quality, really great shows we're doing, and keep going. If you look at the schedule at Euphoria and Watchmen and The Nevers, and His Material Materials . We have more than ever to do works. I myself was sad to see Game of Thrones go. As a fan, I love it, but as always, HBO will survive and continue.
GREENBLATT : I will also add that the networks are often passing through these days showing signatures on what is to be the future. And there's always something to come along with what you did not expect. I do not think anyone would say that they thought Sopranos would be like this, or that Game of Thrones would be what it was. So I think you only need to keep your focus on being in business with the best people you can, putting all the effort in making these shows is great, and the next big phenomenon is coming when not You even expect it. Right now, there's a whole list that Casey just went through with everything that's unusual in their own right.
DEADLINE : HBO has Game of Thrones prequel pilot, with some other prequels in development. Bob, after you review the programming strategy at Casey, are you considering placing at least another Game Of Thrones series on fast tracking ahead and possibly getting multiple GOT
GREENBLATT : This is a double-edged sword. The answer is yes, we are having talks about how we can continue the Game of Thrones universe properly, but we must really think about not killing the golden goose and not putting on shows that are not up to the level of quality, and how many are so many. We get all that conversation. I do not know what will happen to all of this material, but I think they are cleverly developing things that are really good ideas in this universe, and George Martin is involved. There is a production prequel, but a pilot only to see if it has all the goods and is worthwhile going forward. We are just trying to be careful about how to expand this universe if it is reasonable, and not, as I said, killing a golden goose.
DEADLINE : Many have said about increasing the volume of HBO programming. Now that Bob has time to live and has more conversation, do you have a steady expansion plan for the next few years?
BLOYS: We are in 150 hours. I think in 2019 it can stay there, it can climb. Its part is referred to by performances that should be good. We try to make beautiful shows, not necessarily touch a number, and I think a small figure in that number shows that we feel worthy, and we can deliver to a creator the expected experience of people to work in HBO? We do not want to lose it. We do not want the volume to get too high that people feel like they've gone in shuffle. Right now, I think 2019 is feeling good, so little for us will be a test and error.
GREENBLATT : I think we will stay at this level, where the plan is, and see how things come to It may grow a little bit, but again, think about that and not just pick up the series right and left just because that's what our business now demands.
DEADLINE : have two of you had creative conversations? Bob, you come from a background of development, have you built any ideas for showing Casey?
BLOYS : Bob has a lot of experience, and just getting him through the schedules really helps in Ng's terms, he worked on almost everyone and knows who really good and. It always helps to communicate with someone who has done this and understands the programming. So yes we are talking about the schedules in the next three years.
GREENBLATT : There are certain things I want to bring to the company, and we work on some things that can be exciting, which I do not mean to be shy, but there are some things ahead in my talk. I went to Casey and said, hey, here's something I think might be good for us, think of it. The last thing I want to do is start constraints on things in the system, but some things we thought were really exciting ideas, and maybe we could get them at home, and so we work on those things, and that was exciting to me coming here.
I'm glad to go to a place where there is no need to be re-encouraged. NBC is a different experience for me. It is a complete reinvention of the company that is on many levels; the cupboards were naked, and we started. It's like walking in a place in this incredible shape. So I'm not just going to be merry, but it's like, oh, good idea, I've heard about it, we talk about it, and it's really fun to be together with all the incredible person I have accepted for some years.
DEADLINE : Bob, you are managing the expecting streaming of HBO and WarnerMedia. Is there any overlap between the two in terms of programming? Do you need to serve as a traffic police who directs premium content in two outlets? How to decide which one is a HBO project and which one should go to the streaming platform?
GREENBLATT : That's a good question. I think what we're trying to do, and I think it's not just the traffic police describing it, because I'm really happy with Casey and (Chief Creative Officer Turner and WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer) Kevin Reilly also talk of there are many about this matter and having a meeting of minds.
HBO things will stay what it is and what you already know it, and at some level, it's in a certain kind of demo, and we know what it is. The streaming platform is expected to reach and expand beyond what HBO is. So there are certain series that may look like, oh, that might be a show on HBO but I think it's separate and has its own identity. But there are other genres that do not really cover HBO in terms of children's programming and family programming and animation, and programming of the truth, and things we can do as HBO does. I think we are in the early stages of figuring out how to do that, and with everyone's input, and I do not want to have a whole bunch of new platform series that seem to be HBO shows . That's duplicative, and much more can and should be done to cycle through platforms that extend only the entire demo from kids to adults, and young things YES, many things that will never be the main focus of HBO.
DEADLINE : A pair of programming questions. The True Detective came from a well-received third installment starring Mahershala Ali. Any conversations about the fourth episode?
BLOYS : No. Nic is thinking if he has an idea, and we'll be waiting to see. In the third time, he showed us good scripts, and so we decided to do this.
DEADLINE : But he has not even indicated that he has an idea?
BLOYS: No. I did not find anything.
DEADLINE : Casey, you said last summer that there were no plans for Sharp Objects to get a second stage but Marti Noxon recently made comments that he and author Gillian Flynn have an idea for a second time. Are you having conversations for more episodes?
BLOYS : They did not come to us with anything, and my suspicion was a time right for that show. I can not imagine the return of all. The hard thing about these things that one time is trying to get everything back together, but also, feeling like a time is the right thing for that show.
DEADLINE : Any update to Silicon Valley this upcoming sixth season is its last?
BLOYS : They are in the room of the writers. We usually leave them with them to talk to the writers and see if they come to us and say, oh my God, we've got two seasons. We will talk about it. They did not go back. They are still talking, and we'll see.
DEADLINE : Do you plan any changes to Cinemax's approach to learning? Its original fare will keep popcorn, action series, most of the koponya?
GREENBLATT : I think I did not get everything, but I think Cinemax will stay what it is. It's a really well-distributed service, and I think some of the shows coming from outside are great and have a unique personality from the right HBO. I think it will only continue this way; Casey, I do not know if you want to add anything.
BLOYS : No big change. We have programming in the next year or two, and I think it's very easy to say whether there will be any major changes in its direction, but in the meantime, we will continue to make international copies, the kind of programming action that has been made well for the network.
DEADLINE : Any update on layoffs? Bob, you notice after you do the job that is likely to be hundreds of general for the company.
GREENBLATT : I'm happy to talk about it because I know people are still different about it, and somebody says, oh, it's death a thousand deductions, that where I just laugh about because I think there are thousands of anything going out of the door. Disney and Fox are a completely different animal from what we do, and I understand why the massive layoffs are happening there.
We bring these companies together at some level, and most shared administrative functions in terms of efficiency. I do not want to combine brands or mix them with any of them. No Additionally we are adding a streaming service, which at some level works together as we build it. So there will be some consolidation behind the scenes, not with brands or programming, but I think of some levels that people can offset that we add to the streaming service.
You will not go one day and see hundreds of pink slips in any department. It will be a careful process, it will take many months, if not the rest of the year, and I do not think there are any dramatic headlines.
DEADLINE : Any plans for a Six Feet under reboot or at least a movie like Deadwood ? Bob?
GREENBLATT : By the way, I like it. I just put two of the key poster art in my office at the office building of Santa Monica HBO, and I'm very happy with that show. I do not think that a show might come back as many people have gone on other things, but I love to work with this company that has had a good experience. It is integrated into me as a young executive, how a company should run and how a talent relationship should occur. This is the most enjoyable experience I'm likely to have in this business, definitely a producer. I tried to emulate it at Showtime, I'm constantly trying to emulate it in all the places I've been, and I'm glad to come back to this place.
DEADLINE : And
BLOYS : Oh, let me tell you …
GREENBLATT : I think Casey Bloys is sitting on the throne.