The show is broadcast on the premium cable network HBO in the United States.
It is produced by HBO in association with Ball's production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment.
In October 2005, after Six Feet Under's finale, Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to develop and produce original programming for the network.
True Blood became the first project under the deal, after Ball became acquainted with Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mystery books.
One day, while early for a dentist appointment, Ball was browsing through Barnes and Noble and came across Dead Until Dark, the first installment in Harris' series.
Enjoying it, he read the following entries and became interested in "bringing Harris' vision to television." However, Harris had two other adaptation options for the books when Ball approached her.
The first season received critical acclaim and won several awards, including one Golden Globe.
Series creator Alan Ball had previously worked with premium cable channel HBO on Six Feet Under, which ran five seasons.
True Blood is an American television drama horror series created and produced by Alan Ball.It is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris.