REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 18th season FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with a replay at 12:30 a.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show, which is currently being filmed remotely from his home, includes virtual interviews with guests.

This week features a one-on-one virtual interview with Democratic Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, MYR. KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS; and New York Times bestselling author and host of “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” which airs on Fox Sports Radio and Premiere Networks, COLIN COWHERD. This week will also feature a virtual panel with former Democratic Presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend Indiana, PETE BUTTIGIEG; and former Democratic Presidential candidate whose foundation Humanity Forward recently launched an initiative to provide people with $1000 a month for three months, ANDREW YANG.

The series is also available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

Politico has hailed Maher as “a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news,” while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”

Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in 11 HBO solo specials to date.

The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Billy Martin; co-executive producer, Chris Kelly; producer, Matt Wood; director, Paul Casey.


Angela Bassett, Alicia Garza, Joe Morton, Phylicia Rashad, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Courtney B. Vance, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson and Oprah Winfrey to Star in the HBO Special Event BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

Director Kamilah Forbes To Executive Produce With Ta-Nehisi Coates,
Susan Kelechi Watson and Roger Ross Williams

LOS ANGELES, August 13, 2020 – The first wave of featured performers has been announced for HBO’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed stage show, based on the #1 New York Times bestseller of the same name by author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Originally adapted and staged by the Apollo Theater in 2018, the special will combine elements of that production, including powerful readings from Coates’ book, and will once again be directed by award-winning director and Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. It will also incorporate documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation. The special, which is currently in production under COVID-19 guidelines, debuts this fall on HBO and will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

The cast will include: Angela Bassett, Alicia Garza, Joe Morton, Phylicia Rashad, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Courtney B. Vance, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson and Oprah Winfrey. Additional cast to be announced.

Angela Bassett recently starred in “Black Panther,” “Mission: Impossible-Fallout,” “Bumblebee,” and on television,”9-1-1,” and “Master of None.” Other projects include feature films “Otherhood” and “The Flood,” for which she previously received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Narrator. Angela wrapped production on the upcoming action thriller “Gunpowder Milkshake,” and she was recently nominated for two Emmys®, including Outstanding Narrator for the “Imagineering Story: The Happiest Place On Earth” and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

Her career began in theater, with roles in “Fences,” “The Mountaintop,” and “Macbeth.” Earlier film roles include John Singleton’s “Boyz N The Hood,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It, “Waiting to Exhale,” “Strange Days,” “Malcolm X,” “London Has Fallen,” “Olympus Has Fallen,” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” Ms. Bassett is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and eleven NAACP Image Awards; was nominated for an Academy Award®, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, six Emmys®, and nine BET Awards; and holds a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for her directorial debut, the Whitney Houston biopic “Whitney.” She was also a director on “American Horror Story.”

Alicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. In 2018, the Black Futures Lab conducted the Black Census Project — the largest survey of Black communities in over 150 years. An innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, she is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. Alicia serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is also the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. She shares her thoughts on politics and pop culture on her podcast, Lady Don’t Take No.

Joe Morton is an Emmy® Award-winning film, television and stage veteran, best known as “Rowan/Eli Pope” in Shonda Rhimes’ groundbreaking series “Scandal.” He most recently starred as ‘Reverend Arthur Finer’ on the series “God Friended Me” and recurs on “The Politician.” Morton is also known for his iconic roles in films “The Brother From Another Planet,” “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” “Justice League,” and “Speed”, among many others. Morton made his Broadway debut in the Tony® Award-winning musical “Hair,” followed by his starring role in “Raisin,” for which he garnered a Tony nomination and Theatre World Award. In 2016, Morton returned to his theater roots portraying the iconic comedian Dick Gregory in the one-man show “Turn Me Loose” off-Broadway and was honored with the NAACP Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award. He reprised his role in “Turn Me Loose” at The Wallis-Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in fall 2017.

Phylicia Rashad is an accomplished actor and stage director. Known for her role Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” Rashad has appeared on “This Is Us” (2019 Emmy® nomination), “Empire,” and “David Makes Man.” Her long list of stage credits, both on and Off-Broadway, include several musicals such as “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Into the Woods,” “Dreamgirls,” and “The Wiz.” She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for for her performance in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Head of Passes” at the Public Theater, a role she reprised at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Rashad performed in “Richard II,” the 2020 Shakespeare on the Radio collaboration between The Public Theater and WNYC. On Broadway, Ms. Rashad has performed in “August Osage County,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (a role she reprised on the London stage), “Gem Of The Ocean” (Tony nomination), and “Cymbeline.” She received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the 2004 Broadway revival of “A Raisin In The Sun.”

Among Rashad’s film credits are “Creed” and “Creed II,” “Just Wright,” and “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf,” and “A Fall From Grace.” Upcoming films include the animated Pixar fantasy, “Soul,” and the Christmas musical, “Jingle Jangle.” Phylicia made her directorial debut at the Seattle Repertory Theater with August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.” Other directing credits include, “Our Lady of 121st Street” “The Roommate,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” (2014 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director), “Immediate Family,” “Fences,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” and “Four Little Girls.” She will direct an upcoming revival of Charles Randolph Wright’s “Blue” in New York in 2021.

Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, is an American rap artist and MC for the Philadelphia-based hip-hop group, The Roots. Trotter, who co-founded The Roots with drummer Questlove, is widely lauded for his complex and politically aware lyrical content and his sharply live performances. The four-time Grammy Award winning artist – along with his band The Roots – are a staple in late-night television, starring as the house band for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Tariq also served as a co-producer on the Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Hamilton.” Black Thought and Questlove of the Roots executive produced a new documentary series, “Hip-Hop: The Songs The Shook America,” which launched last year under their production company, Two One Five Entertainment. Trotter’s acting credits include the role of Reggie Love on the first season of HBO’s “The Deuce.” Trotter is set to release the third volume of his “Streams Of Thought” series in the Fall of 2020.

Courtney B. Vance’s portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” earned him Emmy®, Critics Choice, and NAACP Image awards, as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations. Most recently, Courtney stars in the upcoming HBO drama series, “Lovecraft Country.” He also began filming the third season of NatGeo’s “Genius” series in which he will portray Aretha Franklin’s father, C.L. Franklin, and he was announced as the star of AMC’s “61st Street,” a courtroom drama to be executive produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society from BAFTA winner Peter Moffat. His recent films include “The Photograph,” and “Uncorked,” with Niecy Nash and Mamoudou Athie. Courtney’s debut as Spc. Abraham ‘Doc’ Johnson in “Hamburger Hill” launched a prolific cinematic career that includes films such as “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “The Adventures of Huck Finn,” and “Terminator Genisys.” He was awarded Tony Award nominations for his debut performance in August Wilson’s “Fences” and his starring role in “Six Degrees of Separation.” He won the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his stellar performance in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” Courtney earned a Grammy nomination for his narration of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s book, “Accessory to War.” Courtney was announced last year as the new President of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

Pauletta Washington is a veteran of both Broadway and screen. Her stage credits include “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Shakespeare’s Cabaret,” “The All Night Strut!,” “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” “Desperate Writers,” “Soul Possessed,” “Spiritual,” “Jerry’s Girls” and “A Christmas Show.” Washington’s film and TV credits include “Genius: Aretha Franklin,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story,” “The Parkers,” and “Beloved.”

Susan Kelechi Watson currently stars in NBC’s “This Is Us” for which she earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a 2020 Critics’ Choice nomination and 2018, 2019 and 2020 NAACP Image Award nominations. She started in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” opposite Tom Hanks for director Marielle Heller. She is an Executive Producer of Rashaad Ernesto Green’s film “Premature,” which premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim. She currently serves on the board of Drama Club, an organization that uses theater to mentor incarcerated youths in New York City.

Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. Winfrey is an Academy Award®-nominated actress for her role in “The Color Purple,” earned critical acclaim in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and produced and acted in the Academy Award®-winning film “Selma.” Winfrey most recently portrayed “Mrs. Which” in Disney’s “Wrinkle in Time” film adaptation from director Ava DuVernay. Through her company’s film division, Harpo Films, Winfrey has produced projects based on classic and contemporary literature including: the award-winning “Tuesdays With Morrie;” “Their Eyes Were Watching God;” and the Emmy®-nominated HBO Films “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” in which Winfrey also starred. In 1998, Harpo Films produced the critically acclaimed “Beloved,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison, which co-starred Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 2007, Harpo Films co-produced “The Great Debaters.” In 2009, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry supported Lionsgate’s distribution of “Precious,” based on the novel by Sapphire. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey teamed with Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake to produce the feature film “The Hundred Foot Journey.” In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2018, she was honored with the Cecil B deMille award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME is directed by Kamilah Forbes who also serves as executive producer; executive produced by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Susan Kelechi Watson and Roger Ross Williams. Williams’ production company ONE STORY UP produces.

HBO Sports’ Official HARD KNOCKS PODCAST Is Back

HBO Sports’ Official HARD KNOCKS PODCAST Is Back

The Five-Episode Podcast Series Kicks-Off Today Offering Insight into Each Episode; Special Guests Will Appear on the Podcast Each Week

It’s an all-new season of Hard Knocks, the 18-time Emmy-Award-winning series from HBO Sports and NFL FILMS. Today marks the return of the official “Hard Knocks Podcast,” a weekly audio feature that will provide football fans with more insight and conversation on the acclaimed reality series.

Hosted by NFL Network’s Good Morning Football co-host Peter Schrager, the podcast will present a new edition for five consecutive weeks matching the run of Hard Knocks: Los Angeles, which premieres a new episode every Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.

Kicking off the series is an interview with head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, Anthony Lynn.

The HBO Sports Hard Knocks Podcast will have five episodes, dropping each week, starting Thursday, Aug. 13. You can listen to the HBO Sports Hard Knocks Podcast on Apple Podcast, Stitcher and Spotify.

HBO and Sky Partner with SISTER For Comic Horror Series THE BABY

HBO and Sky Partner with SISTER For Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer’s Darkly Comic Horror Series THE BABY

HBO announced today a series order for THE BABY, a darkly comic horror series from debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (“Kaos,” “Sex Education”). The HBO and Sky co-production is co-created by Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer (Production Manager for “Gangs of London,” “Liar”) and produced by SISTER and Proverbial Pictures. THE BABY is a funny, raw examination of motherhood as an institution: a set of unspoken rules that affect women differently depending on how they’re viewed by society. If you’re not scared by that, you should be.

When 38-year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back?

Terrifying and darkly comic THE BABY gleefully deconstructs the “joy of motherhood,” exploring the powerful anxiety of whether or not to have children, questioning who gets to choose “motherhood” and who doesn’t.

She doesn’t want a baby. The baby wants her.

“With THE BABY, we want to explore the powerful anxiety around the question of whether or not to have children,” said Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer. “The ambivalence of not knowing, the bafflement at everyone else’s certainty and the suspicion that the whole thing is one millennia-long scam. We’re thrilled to be working with such a phenomenal team of producers to help us bring this weird baby into the world with HBO and Sky.”

“Siân and Lucy’s exploration of motherhood is as funny and resonant as it is twisted,” said Amy Gravitt, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. “THE BABY gives voice to all the women who just don’t know. We’re thrilled to be partnering again with Jane Featherstone, Carolyn Strauss, and our friends at Sky.”

“THE BABY is by turns dark, comedic, and horrifying,” commented Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios. “The vision that Siân and Lucy are bringing to life is truly unique.”

“We are so inspired by the horrific and hilarious vision that Siân and Lucy have for THE BABY and fell in love with Siân’s script the moment we read it. Natasha and the baby are two rare beings who we can’t wait to bring to life,” noted the SISTER Team.

The eight-episode first season will be produced by SISTER and Proverbial Pictures and Executive Produced by Jane Featherstone (“Chernobyl,” “Giri/Haji,” “The Split”), Carolyn Strauss (“Chernobyl,” “Game of Thrones”), Naomi de Pear (“The Power,” “Don’t Forget the Driver,” “Flowers”), Katie Carpenter (“Landscapers,” “The Bisexual, Flowers”) and Siân Robins-Grace. Joining the female-led creative team as producer is Lucy Gaymer. THE BABY is Robins-Grace’s screenwriting debut, following her work on critically acclaimed hit “Sex Education,” which she developed with Creator Laurie Nunn. The series is a co-production between HBO and Sky and will be filmed in the UK in 2021.
Siân acted as Co-Executive Producer for showrunner Charlie Covell on her upcoming Netflix series Kaos. Prior to this Siân worked at Eleven as Head of Development where she developed the hit Netflix series Sex Education with Creator Laurie Nunn.

Lucy has been working as a freelance Line Producer/Production Manager. Previous credits include The Witchfinder (BBC2), Wonderdate (BBC3), Living in Fear (Sky), Gangs of London (Sky), Liar (ITV) and True Horror (C4). She also worked in house at Carnival (Downton, The Last Kingdom, Stan Lee) and Eleven (Sex Education, Gap Year, The Enfield Haunting).

HBO is one of the most respected and innovative entertainment brands in the world, serving iconic, award-winning programming to 140 million subscribers globally. A subsidiary of WarnerMedia, HBO is the world’s most successful pay TV service with an extensive array of programming that includes some of the most notable titles to be on television, including drama series Succession®, Watchmen®, Westworld®, Big Little Lies®, Game of Thrones®, The Sopranos®, Band of Brothers® and The Wire®, as well as comedy series Barry®, Insecure® and Sex and the City®. In the United States, HBO® and sister network Cinemax® are available across multiple platforms including HBO On Demand®, Cinemax On Demand®, HBO GO® and MAX GO®, as well as HBO NOW®. Internationally, HBO branded services, including television networks and the standalone streaming product HBO GO®, are available in more than 70 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. HBO and Cinemax programming is also sold into more than 150 countries worldwide.

With 24 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Our 32,000 employees help connect our customers to the very best entertainment, sports, news, arts and to our own local, original content.

Following the success of Sky originals like “Chernobyl,” we plan to double our investment in original content by 2024. We’re also developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in UK creative sector in the first five years alone.

Our technology allows customers to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, and as we connect millions of families to content they love, we believe it is our responsibility to do it safely. That’s why we offer services like Sky Broadband Buddy and the Sky Kids app. And our online streaming service, NOW TV, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.

We also believe that a company of our scale has a responsibility that goes beyond our business, and into the community. We recently announced a series of commitments to help tackle racial injustice and improve diversity and inclusion. To ensure the commitments are delivered, Sky will invest £10million per year across its markets for each of the next three years. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 – two decades before we have to – and we’re an inclusive employer recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity.

SISTER was co-founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone to develop, produce and invest in visionary storytellers. SISTER builds upon Featherstone’s Emmy Award-winning scripted indie, Sister Pictures, as a new global entity with offices in London and LA. It unites the expertise of the founders alongside a team of renowned creatives to make breakout stories for multiple platforms. Adding to the success of a slate of hit shows including Chernobyl (Sky/HBO) and Giri/Haji (BBC/ Netflix), SISTER is currently producing adaptations of Naomi Alderman’s literary phenomenon The Power for Amazon Studios and Adam Kay’s international best seller, This is Going to Hurt for BBC and AMC. Additionally, SISTER is making Landscapers for Sky and HBO in association with South of the River Pictures and The Jungle Prince of Delhi for Amazon Studios. SISTER also has the rights to adapt Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club pick Deacon King Kong by James McBride. SISTER has made investments in new creator-led businesses including The Springhill Company, founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, Campside Media, a podcast studio, and AWA Studios, a comic book and digital media publisher.



Bryant Gumbel Profiles NFL Star Cornerback-Turned Actor Nnamdi Asomugha in Latest Episode

HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this season, returns for an all-new episode on Tuesday, August 18 at the special time of 11 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.

The series is also available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

For up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports, and on and

Segments include:

*NNAMDI ASOMUGHA. Once the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, former Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles star Nnamdi Asomugha has now made a name for himself as an actor and producer in both theatre and film. Gumbel sat down with Asomugha to discuss his Broadway debut and the model set by his Hollywood megastar wife, Kerry Washington, as he pursues his second act.
Producer: Katie Melone.

*BRUCE MAXWELL. Correspondent Soledad O’Brien sits down with former Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who received numerous death threats in 2017 after becoming the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem. Now two years removed from his last major league game, Maxwell is playing for the New York Mets and, while optimistic about the scores of professional athletes protesting systemic racial injustice, he says he can’t help but wish he had more support when he took a knee.
Producer: Maggie Burbank.

*EDDY ALVEREZ. A Cuban American from Miami, Fla., Eddy Alvarez was a speedskating prodigy who realized his full potential when he took home silver at the Winter Olympics in 2014. Along the way, though, he never gave up on his life-long goal of playing baseball. After retiring from speedskating, Alvarez spent six years in the Minor Leagues and became the unlikeliest of prospects. As the Miami Marlins’ roster was decimated by COVID infections this summer, Alvarez, 30, made his big-league debut. Correspondent Mary Carillo reports.
Producer: Nick Dolin.

*ZACK HAMPLE REVISIT*. Not even a once-in-generation global health pandemic can keep Zack Hample, baseball’s most obsessive fan, from the ballpark. A professional ballhawk, Hample had a season’s worth of plans upended by COVID-19. In his pursuit for more baseballs, he hit the road to Boston, where he attempted his next great feat: grabbing a ball from outside the stadium. It’s just the latest example of Hample’s obsessive, whacky, and singular pursuit, which REAL SPORTS first profiled in 2017. Bernie Goldberg reports.
Producer: Evan Burgos.

Earlier this month, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel was nominated in two News & Documentary Emmy categories: Outstanding Feature Story in a Newsmagazine (Elena Delle Donne), as well as Outstanding Arts, Culture or Entertainment Report (Girls Baseball).

The full list of nominations can be found at

The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Peter Nelson and Joe Perskie.

HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films And Apatow Productions In Production On Two-Part Documentary

HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films And Apatow Productions In Production On Two-Part Documentary On Legendary Comedian George Carlin

From Directors Judd Apatow And Michael Bonfiglio

HBO Documentary Films in association with Rise Films and Apatow Productions are currently in production on a two-part documentary about legendary comedian George Carlin, who headlined 14 stand-up comedy specials on HBO over the course of his career. Emmy® winner Judd Apatow directs, along with longtime collaborator Michael Bonfiglio, with Emmy® winner Joe Beshenkovsky editing, reuniting the key creative team behind HBO’s Emmy®-winning documentary “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” which was directed by Apatow. Three-time Emmy® winner Teddy Leifer executive produces.

George Carlin (1937-2008), a celebrated stand-up comedian, actor, social critic and author, was best known for his irreverent, dark comedy and reflections on American society. Carlin was once dubbed “the dean of counterculture comedians” and has been regarded as one of the most influential stand-up comics of his time. He filmed his first HBO special in 1977 and appeared on “The Tonight Show” over 130 times.

The documentary will feature a unique mix of conversations with Carlin’s family and friends, material from his stand-up specials, TV appearances and personal archive.

“George Carlin’s work becomes more relevant every day,” said Apatow. “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to tell the story of his life and work.”

“Having been the public keeper of my dad’s legacy these last 12 years, I’ve dreamt of the right people appearing at the right moment to give the documentary telling of my father’s story what it deserves – an honoring of his comedic genius and unique cultural impact, while not shying away from his personal struggles and humanity,” said Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin. “I’m thrilled that Jerry Hamza and I have teamed up with Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio and Teddy Leifer to make it happen now. May the comedy gods smile up at us as we endeavor to share my dad’s heart, mind and genius with the world.”

“It’s a great honour to be producing a film about George Carlin, a giant figure in comedy,” said executive producer Teddy Leifer. “The sting of his words is as sharp now as when he was on stage. Carlin is the comedian’s comedian who mastered his craft and shaped American counterculture such that he paved the way for a generation of comics that followed. I’m thrilled that we will once again be working with our wonderful colleagues at HBO and that Judd Apatow, another comedy giant, is directing.”

“George Carlin had a string of very successful comedy albums in the first half of the seventies,” remarked executive producer Jerry Hamza. “When they ran out of gas, George needed a place that would accept his language and fuel his career. HBO gave George a stage where his language was unrestricted, and his comic genius was presented to millions.”

This film is an HBO Documentary Film in association with Rise Films and Apatow Productions. Directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio; executive producers: Judd Apatow, Teddy Leifer, Kelly Carlin, Jerry Hamza.

Apatow is represented by UTA, Mosaic, and Ziffren Brittenham. Bonfiglio is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment. Leifer is represented by UTA and SmithDehn.

Rise Films is an Oscar® and Emmy® winning production company. Its productions include The Invisible War (Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner), The Interrupters (Emmy® winner), Icarus (Oscar® winner), Knuckle, Dreamcatcher, We Are Together (HBO), Rough Aunties (HBO) and Who is Dayani Cristal? starring Gael García Bernal. The company has recently wrapped production on The Human Factor, Dror Moreh’s follow-up to his Oscar® nominated, The Gatekeepers for release in 2020; as well as The Art of Political Murder (HBO), executive produced by George Clooney. Rise also produced David Osit’s award-winning film, Mayor, following the life and work of Musa Hadid, the mayor of Ramallah.

Founded by Judd Apatow, Apatow Productions is an award-winning production company that has produced many of the biggest hit comedy films and television series of the last two decades. The company’s critically acclaimed television productions include Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Girls (HBO), Love, Crashing (HBO), The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO) and the stand-up special, Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (HBO). Film credits include Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, Funny People, Bridesmaids, This Is 40, Trainwreck, Popstar, The Big Sick, and most recently, The King of Staten Island.

THE VOW, A Portrait Of NXIVM, Debuts August 23, Exclusively On HBO

THE VOW, A Portrait Of NXIVM, Debuts August 23, Exclusively On HBO

Emmy®-Winning And Academy Award Nominated Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer Direct

THE VOW, a nine-part documentary series directed by Emmy®-winning and Academy award nominated Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer debuts SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with new episodes airing subsequent Sundays at the same time. The series explores the world of the controversial self-improvement group NXIVM.

THE VOW will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

With remarkable access to insiders and former members, THE VOW follows a range of people who joined NXIVM, a self-improvement group that disintegrated with criminal charges brought against its highest members. The show takes a deep, nuanced look at the experiences of many of the group’s participants, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth and their internal conflicts over events as they unfold.

NXIVM was founded in 1998 by Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman. Within a few years, the company grew into an influential, international organization with thousands of members, including accomplished executives, Hollywood stars, wealthy heirs and the children of political dynasties.

Amidst claims by NXIVM participants of both profound transformation and devastating abuse, the series reveals the complicated truths behind the sensational headlines — a signature of Noujaim and Amer’s previous films. It explores the emotional toll of unfolding events on individuals who hoped to lead better lives and change the world with Raniere’s espoused humanitarian philosophy. The series illuminates how members were drawn to NXIVM’s ethical mission and promise. THE VOW takes viewers inside NXIVM, seen through the lens of former members who had dedicated their lives to the organization.

The project was personal for Noujaim, who, in 2010, attended Executive Success Programs, NXIVM’s flagship seminar, and explored making a film about the experience. Over the years, she kept in touch with the people she’d met. In 2017, whispers of a controversial secret sorority emerged, and several high-ranking members defected. Noujaim and Amer began filming, not knowing where the story would lead.

Controversial reports had emerged as early as 2003, but in 2017, New York Times ran a story with disquieting revelations about a secret, female-only sect called DOS, derived from a Latin acronym meaning “Master of Obedient Women.” Initiates were required to ensure their dedication by handing over incriminating “collateral” to their “master.” Then, in a ceremony, some were branded as a symbol of their commitment.

By 2019 Raniere was convicted of crimes including racketeering, sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, identity theft, and production and possession of child pornography. He awaits sentencing, which is expected this fall.

THE VOW takes a journey deep inside the world of people who devoted their life to NXIVM’s mission, clarifying the powerful draw of Raniere and the organization. With devastating candor, former NXIVM members grapple with their sense of responsibility as they face losing friendships, careers and the community they helped to build over a decade. The film offers a view into the lives of former members whose commitment to growth and a better world fueled their devotion to NXIVM and Raniere, following them as they question the intent of the teachings and the organization that had been at the center of their lives.

A story that begins with students devoted to personal improvement and an ethical worldview ends with them engaged in a federal investigation.

Upcoming episodes:

Episode 1: “The Science of Joy”
Debuts date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmondson, high-ranking former NXIVM leaders, describe the dream and mission of NXIVM to build a better world. Bonnie Piesse, Mark’s wife, tells him she is worried about the organization and Keith Raniere, NXIVM’s leader and Mark’s mentor. Mark believes there must be a misunderstanding—how could tools to make a better, more ethical world be misused?

Episode 2: “Viscera”
Debuts date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
After seven years, Bonnie leaves Albany and NXIVM for Los Angeles to make sense of it all. She tries desperately to get through to Mark, who reassures her all is well. Meanwhile, Mark remains loyal to Keith and NXIVM, but a series of phone calls begin to sow doubt within him.

Episode 3: “At Cause”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Sarah confides to Mark about DOS, a secret women’s group involving “masters” and “slaves.” She struggles in her relationships with NXIVM, her husband Nippy, and her best friend. Nippy confronts the organization he’s helped grow for 15 years. Sarah and Mark lament how many members they’ve recruited and question what to do next.

Episode 4: “Building Character”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Mark, Bonnie, Sarah and Nippy strategize with Catherine Oxenberg about how to get her daughter, India, out of DOS, even though she wants to stay. “Jane,” a former member and India’s close friend, describes the appeal of the organization and of DOS, and why she left it all behind.

Episode 5: “Class 1 Data”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Catherine believes her daughter is in danger and wants her to come home. But she and the former members are unable to get the attention of the authorities, so they approach the New York Times. While weighing the pros and cons of going on record, Mark reflects on his time at NXIVM.

Episode 6: “Honesty & Disclosure”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
When they see no action by the authorities, Sarah, Mark, and Nippy contact additional news outlets to provoke outrage and pressure law enforcement to pay attention. Barbara Bouchey, a former board member and early defector, shares her insight into NXIVM and reflects on her time in Keith’s inner circle.

THE VOW is an HBO Documentary series by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer. Executive producers: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Mike Lerner, Nina Fialkow, Lyn Davis Lear, Regina K. Scully. Producers: Victor Buhler, Rosadel Varela, Claire Read, Aleks Gezentsvey. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller; senior producer, Sara Rodriguez.



REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 18th season FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with a replay at 12:30 a.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show, which is currently being filmed remotely from his home, includes virtual interviews with guests.

This week features one-on-one virtual interviews with visiting professor at the College of William & Mary and former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson; and actor, producer, director and founder of the civic engagement platform A Starting Point, Chris Evans. This week will also feature a virtual panel with CNN political contributor and author of You’re Fired: The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump, Paul Begala; and host of the podcast The Unspeakable and author of The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars, Meghan Daum.

The series is also available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

Politico has hailed Maher as “a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news,” while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”

Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in 11 HBO solo specials to date.

The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Billy Martin; co-executive producer, Chris Kelly; producer, Matt Wood; director, Paul Casey.


HBO Sports To Premiere Documentary Film WILD CARD: THE DOWNFALL OF A RADIO LOUDMOUTH, Chronicling Craig Carton’s Double Life And Downfall
October 7

Film Features First Person Account of Notorious WFAN Radio Host Craig Carton’s Gambling Addiction & Ticket-Brokering Scandal

From HBO Sports and StreetSmartVideo comes a story of fame, greed, wild excess and self-destruction in the upcoming documentary presentation WILD CARD: THE DOWNFALL OF A RADIO LOUDMOUTH charting the rise and fall of prominent New York sports radio personality Craig Carton. Through a series of candid and intimate first-person interviews with Carton, the film reveals how the radio host’s secret insatiable gambling addiction, financed by an illicit ticket-broking business, brought his career to a sudden halt when he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud on September 6, 2017. Directed and produced by Martin Dunn & Marie McGovern of StreetSmartVideo, the film debuts WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

The film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

“Craig Carton’s radio persona gained him a public following, while his private struggles lost him everything one casino run at a time,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “Many knew Carton, but never knew his secrets, as we learn from Carton himself in this documentary about success, self-destruction, lies and blackjack.”

“Craig gave us unprecedented access to his world as it was crumbling around him,” says Marie McGovern. “We see Craig in real-time as he weathers public scrutiny and endures private pain. The emotion is real and raw.”

“Craig is a fascinating and complex character,” says Martin Dunn. “He knows that people either love or hate his on-air persona. But as his close friends and former colleagues reveal, there are many more facets to his life.”

From Carton’s glamorous Tribeca apartment and multi-million dollar New Jersey mansion to a top bunk in a crowded prison camp barracks; from interviewing sports stars and celebrities to befriending mobsters and criminals; from organizing celebrity softball games at Yankee Stadium to playing for the Lewisburg Yankees, one of the prison camp’s softball teams; from earning millions to waiting for $100 payments to drop into his commissary account, WILD CARD: THE DOWNFALL OF A RADIO LOUDMOUTH details – in Carton’s own words – the sudden demise of one of the most popular and irreverent radio personalities in the country, whose secret gambling life transformed him from a star into a prisoner.

Carton talks openly about his upbringing in New Rochelle, New York, detailing the childhood trauma he never truly dealt with. He discusses his rise to fame in talk radio that turned him into a star in every market he worked in, culminating back home in New York where he was hired to helm the coveted “drive-time” morning show in the wake of the downfall of Don Imus. Paired with former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason, Carton’s love-him-or-loathe him approach supercharged the ratings and spring boarded him into a household name in the Big Apple and across the country.

On the morning of September 6, 2017, FBI agents arrested the “Boomer & Carton” co-host at his New York City apartment and the shocking news became front page headlines across the region. Following an emotional trial, Carton was convicted and on April 5, 2019 was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison on fraud charges. The 51-year-old reported to prison that June.

In addition to speaking with Carton, the film includes revealing interviews with many of those who were closest to him, including his former co-host Boomer Esiason, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Boomer & Carton crew of Al Dukes, Jerry Recco and Eddie Scozzare, WFAN boss Mark Chernoff and several of the journalists who covered his downfall.

Dunn, an award-winning print journalist, and McGovern, a former city desk editor for the New York Daily News, executive produced the recent documentary “Seaver,” a poignant portrait of the life of Tom Seaver, one of the most brilliant and enigmatic pitchers in baseball history.

About HBO Sports
Over the past three decades, HBO Sports has earned a reputation as one of sports television’s most prolific storytellers. From compelling documentaries to unscripted series and reality programming to magazine-style studio shows, HBO Sports has been a trailblazer. The department has earned 11 prestigious George F. Peabody Awards for production excellence in long-form programming and introduced a host of innovations and enhancements to increase subscriber satisfaction. Since 1991, HBO Sports has also earned 138 Sports Emmy® Awards and has been recognized with four duPont-Columbia University awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. The 2019 Sports Emmy® Awards saw HBO win its eighth trophy for “Outstanding Long Sports Documentary” with the groundbreaking presentation “Momentum Generation.”

About StreetSmartVideo
Founded by print journalists in 2011, StreetSmartVideo specializes in developing news-based projects in the genres of sports, crime and entertainment. Martin Dunn is former Editor-in-Chief of newspapers in the UK and America, leading the New York Daily News to two Pulitzer Awards during his tenure. Marie McGovern, who was an assignment editor for the New York Daily News, created and executive produced the premium cable series, 3AM.

HBO Limited Series THE UNDOING Debuts October 25

HBO Limited Series THE UNDOING Debuts October 25

Starring Nicole Kidman And Hugh Grant; Susanne Bier Directs All Six Episodes; Created By David E. Kelley And Written For Television By David E. Kelley

Based On Jean Hanff Korelitz’s Novel You Should Have Known

Executive Produced By Susanne Bier, David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Stephen Garrett And Celia Costas

From Emmy®, Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning director Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”) and the Emmy®-winning creator of “Big Little Lies,” David E. Kelley and starring Emmy® and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Nicole Kidman (HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) and Emmy® nominee Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”), comes the six-part limited series THE UNDOING, debuting SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Directed by Susanne Bier and created and written for television by David E. Kelley, who also serves as showrunner; executive produced by Susanne Bier, David E. Kelley through David E. Kelley Productions, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas.

The limited series will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.

The limited series follows Grace (Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Grant), who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight, a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.

THE UNDOING also stars Edgar Ramirez (Emmy® nominee for “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and “Carlos”) as Detective Joe Mendoza; Noah Jupe (“Honey Boy” and “A Quiet Place 2”) as Henry Fraser, Jonathan and Grace’s precocious and artistic 12-year-old son; Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) as Sylvia Steinetz; Noma Dumezweni (“Black Earth Rising”) as Haley Fitzgerald; Sofie Gråbøl (HBO’s “Gentleman Jack,” “Fortitude”) as Catherine Stamper; Matilda De Angelis as Elena Alves; Ismael Cruz Córdova (“Berlin Station”) as Fernando Alves; and Donald Sutherland (Emmy® winner for “Citizen X”) as Franklin Reinhardt, Grace’s father, a retired financier and loving grandfather who is tasked with protecting his family when turbulent revelations come to light.