Kara Buckley

Kara Buckley

Kara Buckley

VP, Original Programming, HBO Drama Series HBO

The New York City native spent much of her childhood training at the School of American Ballet, only to hang up her pointe shoes ahead of college. But a plum internship at The Daily Show With Jon Stewart sold the Columbia student on her Plan B: a future in entertainment. Upon graduating, Buckley scored a gig at WME, which she accepted without considering how her inability to drive would make the cross-country move a challenge. “I ran my car into, like, three poles in the parking lot there,” she jokes of her early WME tenure. She jumped from Ari Greenburg’s desk to a gig at Legendary TV before ultimately landing at HBO, where she worked on prestige fare like Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects and Westworld. She took a quick detour to Fox Searchlight TV a few years in, only to return to HBO several months later in an elevated role. Now, Buckley, who’s married to WME’s Meyash Prabhu, runs point on some of the network’s most highly anticipated dramas, including Joss Whedon’s The Nevers, Steven Moffat’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.