25 Industry Insiders Who Changed Television

Chris Albrecht

Executive: HBO

Though HBO had existed for decades prior to Albrecht's tenure there, his work made HBO what it is today: a destination for premium original programming. In a two year span, HBO produced Oz, Sex in the City, and The Sopranos. During that time, Albrecht also got into business with David Simon, producing his precusor to The Wire, The Corner.

By taking HBO's prestige reputation in the film and documentary space and transferring it to high-end narrative series, Albrecht set the stage for television as we know it today. Fifteen years after the premiere of Oz, networks are taking cues from the premium cable shows and every channel (and tech company) wants their own prestige drama. Albrecht and his team were there first.

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