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HBO's content chief Casey Bloys on preparing for the future with HBO Max

HBO Max, which launched in the US in May 2020, is set to roll out across Europe. The streaming service is scheduled to arrive in the Nordics and Spain this month, with other European countries to follow in the first quarter of 2022. But the UK is not included, because HBO content – including big-hitters such as Succession, Gangs of London and The White Lotus – is distributed exclusively via Sky until 2025. 

Michelle De Swarte to lead Sister’s comedy horror The Baby

Michelle De Swarte (credit: Leo Cackett)

Written by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace, who has acted as a co-producer on Sex Education, De Swarte will play 38-year old Natasha, the friend who has never made long-term plans and spends her life doing things on her own terms. When she’s suddenly landed with a baby, her solipsistic life dramatically implodes. With controlling, manipulative and violent powers, the baby soon turns Natasha’s life into a living hell.

As Natasha begins to discover the baby’s truly deadly nature, she makes increasingly desperate attempts to escape, but the baby simply won’t let her.

Industry renewed for a second series

Myha'la Herrold as Harper in Industry (credit: BBC)

The series, which aired on BBC Two in the UK and HBO in America, follows a group of young graduates vying for a permanent position at the cut-throat investment bank, Pierpoint & Co.

Industry’s first series centres around Harper (Myha’la Herrold, an American fish-out-of-water struggling to find her feet in London’s fast-paced financial district. She is forced to go above and beyond to prove her mettle among a cohort of hyper-competitive graduates.

Nicole Kassell announced as lead director for The Baby

Nicole Kassell (Credit: Sky)

Kassell will also act as an executive producer for the eight-part series, having recently directed and executive produced dystopian superhero drama Watchmen.

The Baby, co-created by screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer, takes a stark and unflinching look at the anxiety over the dilemma of whether or not to have children and what the supposed joy of motherhood really looks like. 

Konrad Kay and Mickey Down on Industry, working with Lena Dunham and getting fired from finance

Such was the case for Konrad Kay, the co-creator of the new HBO and BBC drama Industry. After three years at a top American investment bank, Kay was ultimately sacked for being ‘the worst salesman the bank had ever seen’.

“I think my boss actually said that to me almost word for word,” he laughs, “but I didn’t leave under a cloud, we were really good mates. I thought it was totally fair”.

Sky and HBO commission new comic horror series The Baby

Co-created by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer (Production Manager for Gangs of London), The Baby is a darkly funny delve into the depths of motherhood.

When a baby is thrust upon unsuspecting 38-year-old Natasha, she is forced to give up her comfortable life of freedom and indulgence to be at their beck and call.

Far from your average case of parental compromise, the baby possesses such manipulative and violent powers that Natasha’s life spirals out of control.