SVP, HBO Programming & Films HBO
Tara Grace is the Senior Vice President of HBO Programming & Films, responsible for overseeing the development, production, and acquisition of scripted limited series and series, as well as original movies for the premium network. She was named to this position in August 2020. Previously, Grace was senior vice president, HBO Films, Miniseries, and Cinemax.
Grace is currently overseeing the production of The White House Plumbers, with director Dave Mandel, starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux and Landscapers, with director Will Sharpe, starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis.
Previously, Grace has overseen such Emmy winning films as Bad Education, with director Cory Finley, starring Hugh Jackman; The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy, starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, and Julia Roberts; Behind the Candelabra, a film by Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon; Game Change, a film by Jay Roach starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris; You Don’t Know Jack, starring Al Pacino, directed by Barry Levinson; and Cinema Verite, starring Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.
Additionally, Grace has overseen such Emmy nominated films as Oslo, with director Bart Sher, starring Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott; The Tale, directed by Jennifer Fox, starring Laura Dern; Fahrenheit 451, directed by Ramin Bahrani, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon; Paterno, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Al Pacino; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne with George Wolfe directing; The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer with Barry Levinson directing; Confirmation, starring Kerry Washington with Rick Famuyiwa directing; All the Way, starring Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie and Melissa Leo with Jay Roach directing; Nightingale, starring David Oyelowo, directed by Elliott Lester; and Too Big To Fail, starring William Hurt, Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti and James Woods, directed by Curtis Hanson.
She also oversaw The Plot Against America, with showrunner David Simon and starring John Turturro, Zoe Kazan, and Winona Ryder, as well as Steven Soderbergh’s limited series and branching narrative app, Mosaic, starring Sharon Stone. Grace also completed work on the limited series Catherine the Great, directed by Philip Martin and starring Helen Mirren as well as Emmy nominated Deadwood: The Movie, directed by Dan Minahan with all the original cast returning. She also oversaw the release of the critically acclaimed films Native Son, directed by Rashid Johnson and Share, directed by Pippa Bianco. In addition, she oversaw the acquisitions of acclaimed foreign series, The Investigation and Laetitia.
Grace joined HBO as director, HBO Films, in 2007. Prior to HBO, Grace worked at The Kennedy/Marshall Company as a development executive from 2003 to 2007. During her tenure, she served as a co-producer on the Academy Award® nominated film Persepolis, based on Marjane Satrapi’s comic book autobiographies, and was an associate producer on the documentary Roving Mars directed by George Butler for Walt Disney Pictures. She was also involved in various projects including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Munich, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.
From 2001 to 2003, Grace worked at Cobalt Media Group as a story editor on films such as House of Sand and Fog, Swimfan, and Open Range. She began her career in 1999 as an assistant in the Motion Picture Literary department at the William Morris Agency. Grace holds a BA from The George Washington University.
Grace is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, Film Independent, Women in Film, and is a ReFrame sponsor.