Kary Antholis founded Crime Story Media, LLC in July 2019, after retiring as President of Miniseries and Cinemax Programming at HBO. Since founding the company, Kary has set up scripted television projects with David Simon and LeBron James at HBO and with Dennis Lehane at Apple TV+. He has conducted podcast interviews with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Los Angeles District Attorneys Jackie Lacey and George Gascón and with the creators/showrunners of The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Serial, Homicide, The Jinx, Making a Murderer, Oz and The Night Of. Antholis has also produced, created and hosted the Podcast series Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst.
In over 25 years as a creative executive at HBO, Kary oversaw Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning projects, including Chernobyl, Angels in America, Olive Kitteridge, John Adams, The Pacific, The Night Of, Generation Kill, The Corner, Elizabeth I, The Gathering Storm, Wit, Show Me a Hero, Elvis Presley: The Searcher and Educating Peter. As head of Cinemax Programming since 2011, Kary led the channel’s branding strategy, commissioning breakthrough series including Strike Back, Banshee, The Knick, Warrior, Jett and Tales from the Tour Bus.
Kary began his film career as a documentarian, winning the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject and the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special for his film One Survivor Remembers, about Holocaust survivor, Gerda Weissmann Klein. One Survivor Remembers was the first HBO program added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry, an honor given to “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant American films.
Kary serves on the Board of Visitors at Georgetown Law and as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He holds a JD from Georgetown Law, an MA in History from Stanford University, and a BA from Bowdoin College.