HBO Execs on 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs: 'We Are Going Big'

HBO Execs on 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs: 'We Are Going Big'

But after generating acclaim and considerable love from the Emmys, HBO chose to turn it into a series (or at least, order a second season).

She talked about the final table read for "Game of Thrones" Season 8 as well as the five proposed spinoffs, which led to a discussion about the budget for them and the network's finances in general. "We are going big", Orsi said.

Speaking at the INTV conference in Israel Tuesday, the United States network's senior vice-president of drama described the moment the cast read their scripts for the show's final episode for the first time. "None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths".

She said: "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it. Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes".

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On the subject of the spinoffs (or "successor shows"), Orsi revealed that these shows have already been budgeted by the network.

Orsi was joined on the panel by programming president Casey Bloys with drama chiefs David Levine, moderated by WME's Marc Korman. The surprise second season renewal of Big Little Lies reportedly came with a significant bump in salary for stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who as THR reports, were able to negotiate significant raises (along with the rest of the women in the cast) based on competing salaries handed out by rival networks. "More money doesn't always equal better but in some cases the scope of ideas do require it". "They're in the volume business, we're in the curation business", said Bloys. And other producers, like Luca Guadagnino and Michael Haneke, "don't want to get lost at Netflix".

"There is a conundrum if we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spin-offs, where do we start?" To hear him tell it, many creators prefer HBO's model, because they know their work is going to get more attention.

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