In the wake of our devastating renunciation of Entourage on Monday, HBO has been dealt another crushing blow: Colin Callender, the executive in charge of the network's original movies and mini-series — seemingly the only thing they're still good at these days — has resigned to start his own entertainment company. Callender is a twenty-year veteran at HBO and responsible for 84 Emmys, including 13 this year for John Adams alone. His duties will be shared between current subordinates Kary Antholis, who'll lead HBO Miniseries, and Len Amato, who'll become president of HBO Films. His departure wasn't totally unexpected; he lost some of his power after HBO chairman Chris Albrecht was forced to step down last year and has apparently been looking for other work since. Vulture buddy Nikki Finke eulogizes him thusly: "Maybe more people would be sympathetic to Callender's plight if only he hadn't been such an arrogant prick prone to hissy fits all those years."
HBO shakeup continues: Colin Callender steps down [Entertainment News & Buzz/LAT]
TOLDJA! Colin Callender Exits HBO; Amato And Antholis Promoted [Deadline Hollywood Daily]