Home Box Office, Inc. is the world's most successful pay-tv service, providing the two television services - HBO and Cinemax.
HBO was the #1 domestic premium pay television service in primetime and total day ratings in 2012. True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones continued to deliver strong numbers in their most recent seasons, with viewing to Game of Thrones' second season increasing 22% from Season 1. Girls, Veep, and The Newsroom all had successful launches in 2012 on HBO. Viewing to Girls trailed only Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm among recent seasons of HBO half-hour series, while The Newsroom ranked as cable's highest rated new series in 2012. In its 10th season, Real Time with Bill Maher attracted its largest audience since Season 1 (2003) on Friday nights, while Strike Back returned for its second season on Cinemax, with viewing up 15% from Season 1.
HBO's original productions continue to be recognized as some of the most innovative, honored and critically acclaimed programming on television. To date in 2013, the network has garnered 27 Primetime Emmy® Awards, the most of any network for the 12th year in a row, with Behind the Candelabra receiving 11 awards, the most of any program, while Boardwalk Empire received five awards, the second-most of any program. HBO also received five Golden Globe® Awards, the most of any television network this year, with three for Game Change and two for Girls; five Peabody Awards for Game Change, Girls (Season 1), The Loving Story, Marina Abramovićc: The Artist is Present and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; six Sports Emmy® Awards including two for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; and six News & Documentary Emmy® Awards including Saving Face in the Best Documentary category.
2012 was also a stellar award year for HBO, with the network winning 23 Primetime Emmy® Awards, the most of any network for the 11th year in a row, including six awards for Game of Thrones and five for Game Change; three Golden Globe® Awards, with Best Performance honors going to Laura Dern for the comedy series Enlightened, Kate Winslet for the miniseries Mildred Pierce and Peter Dinklage for the drama series Game of Thrones; three George Foster Peabody Awards including the series Game of Thrones and Treme; three Sports Emmys® including Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; two News & Documentary Emmy® Awards for Reagan and Saving Pelican 895; and a Best Documentary Short Oscar® for Saving Face.
In 2013, HBO presents three new series: the comedies Family Tree, created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, featuring Chris O'Dowd as a 30-year old who recently lost his job and girlfriend and has an unsure sense of his own identity; Hello Ladies, starring Stephen Merchant (HBO's Extras and Life's Too Short) as a gawky 6' 7” Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles; and Vice, an innovative news magazine show hosted by Vice founder Shane Smith that showcases a mix of stories from around the world.
Among HBO favorite series returning in 2013 are the Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody-winning Game of Thrones, Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Girls, Emmy® winner Veep, Golden Globe® winner Enlightened, Peabody winner Treme, The Newsroom as well as Eastbound & Down.
HBO Films and HBO Miniseries' powerful dramas for 2013 include Phil Spector, a drama written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet that explores the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Spector (Oscar® winner Al Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Oscar® winner Helen Mirren); Behind the Candelabra, a behind-the scenes look at the tempestuous relationship between virtuoso pianist and flamboyant entertainer Liberace (Academy Award® winner Michael Douglas) and his younger live-in lover Scott Thorson (Academy Award® winner Matt Damon), from Oscar®-winning director Steven Soderbergh; and Oscar® winner Hilary Swank and Oscar® nominee Blenda Blethyn in Mary and Martha, the story of two mothers who forge a unique bond after traumatic events in Africa bring them together. Parade's End, a five-part miniseries, adapted by acclaimed playwright Sir Tom Stoppard from the novels by Ford Madox, focuses on a British aristocrat (Benedict Cumberbatch) caught up in an era of social upheaval and the onset of World War I.
Featured HBO Documentary Films for 2013 include Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God which explores sex abuse in the Catholic Church through the case of a Wisconsin priest accused of molesting children at a school for the deaf; Kings Point, the story of five seniors in an American retirement resort who struggle with love, loss and the changing nature of relationships after losing their spouses; American Winter which shines a light on people struggling through the country's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, spotlighting families in Portland, OR; Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden, a recount of the tumultuous decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the dramatic raid and assassination in April 2011; and Tales from the Organ Trade which investigates international organ trafficking and the role the internet plays in the black market exchange.
Cinemax premieres a new series Banshee, from True Blood creator Alan Ball, in 2013. The latest in a line of Cinemax original primetime action/thriller series first introduced in 2011, Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities.
Returning on Cinemax in 2013 is the 3rd season of the Emmy®-nominated series Strike Back.
On the technology side, HBO continues to build on the latest innovations and content distribution platforms, bringing its programming libraries online though its highly successful and acclaimed brand extensions HBO GO and MAX GO, which are also available on iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and select Android™ Smartphones.
HBO GO is also offered on multiple consumer platforms including the Roku® streaming player, Samsung Smart TV™, Xbox 360® gaming consoles and Kindle Fire, with more expansions anticipated on additional mobile platforms, gaming consoles and connected TV devices.
Internationally, HBO and Cinemax branded networks are available in over 70 countries throughout Latin America, Central Europe, Asia and South Asia. HBO's original programming is also licensed to television networks in over 150 countries worldwide and is also distributed via DVDs, Blu-ray™ and digital downloads in over 70 countries.
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