Matthew Duda, Showtime's Exec VP Acquisitions, Retiring
After more than three decades with Showtime, Matthew Duda is retiring from his position as executive vp acquisitions with the premium cable network.
"I am grateful to have had the experience of working with amazing people at an incredible company for over half of my life, and I am now looking forward to the next chapters in my life's journey," Duda said in a statement announcing the news Monday.
Responsible for the acquisition of feature films, documentaries and specials for Showtime Networks, the executive is credited with creating innovative deal structures and output pacts with studios including DreamWorks, Paramount, Disney and more.
"For over thirty years, Matthew has been one of the leading voices in our programming group," Showtime chairman and CEO Matthew Blank said. "His contributions have been immeasurable, and he will be missed both personally and professionally by all those who have worked with him at Showtime."
During his tenure, Duda served as Showtime's top negotiator in multiyear exclusive pacts for first-run films and also oversaw an acquisitions team charged with licensing independent films, studio libraries and more. He helped launch the Sundance Channel and, in 2004, added distribution responsibilities for Showtime owned programming.
"I have nothing but admiration for the career Matthew has had at Showtime," Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins said. "He is a person of talent and integrity, and a true expert in his field. I will forever be grateful for all that he has taught me since I joined the company."