Member of 2019 class
Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Drama Programming, HBO
Francesca Orsi is EVP and co-head of Drama, HBO Programming for Home Box Office, responsible for developing and overseeing the production of original drama series. She was named to this position in June 2016.
Orsi currently oversees Game of Thrones and Succession, along with the upcoming series Watchmen, Gentleman Jack, Lovecraft Country and the adaption of The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. Her recent projects include the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning limited series Big Little Lies, The Leftovers, Vinyl, Emmy®-winner Boardwalk Empire, Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated drama Big Love and the acclaimed comedy Getting On. In the past, she was involved with the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning dramas True Blood, In Treatment and Tell Me You Love Me.
Orsi joined HBO in 2003 as an executive assistant to the head of Drama. She was named a creative associate in 2005 and rose through the ranks from manager, HBO Entertainment (now HBO Programming) to director, Development, HBO Entertainment in 2008. She was promoted to vice president, HBO Entertainment in 2011 and to senior vice president, HBO Programming in 2014.
Prior to HBO, she worked as an agent trainee at Paradigm and the William Morris Agency.
She earned a M.F.A. in Film & Teleplay Writing at the University of Southern California.