HBO Max Hires Trio of Execs for Original Scripted Drama

WarnerMedia’s impending SVOD service HBO Max, scheduled to launch in spring 2020, has tapped three executives to lead original scripted drama.

Joining the drama team are Roberto Alcantara, VP of drama; Chika Chukudebelu, VP of drama; and Mark Tuohy, VP of drama. All executives report to Joey Chavez, EVP of original drama, who oversees creative development.

(L-R): Robert Alcantara, Chika Chukudebelu and Mark Tuohy

“The premium drama bar is set high, and I have no doubt this talented team will deliver and be great creative partners to great creators,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, and president of TNT, TBS and truTV, said in a statement.

“We are proud to have a drama team that reflects a variety of voices, tastes and points of view,” Chavez said in a statement. “Bringing together the best people who come from studios, networks and various genres, gives us a great mix of backgrounds to tap into. It’s this collective of skills and diversity that will create the kind of signature dramas that will be unique to HBO Max.”

Alcantara most recently was VP of comedy development and programming, for FOX Entertainment, overseeing the development and production for the network’s comedy slate, including popular hits “Last Man Standing,” animated series “Bless the Harts” and talk/comedy show “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage.”

Chukudebelu most recently was VP of development of NBCUniversal’s Universal Content Productions, where she was responsible for the development of cable and streaming television series, as well as actively engaging writing, directing and acting talent to mine potential collaboration opportunities for the boutique studio and portfolio of networks, including Peacock, USA, Netflix and Quibi.

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Tuohy recently served as VP of Creative Affairs for A+E Studios, where he developed scripted dramas including “Project Blue Book” for History and “Reprisal” for Hulu. He also worked for Fox International Channels as director of scripted entertainment, a role in which he helped develop “Outcast” for Fox International Channels and Cinemax.

The new hires join David Poynter, VP of drama, and Maura Feerick, director of drama, to comprise Chavez’s drama team.

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