Showtime Executive VP Melinda Benedek to Retire

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Melinda Benedek

Benedek has been with the company for 22 years.

Showtime is getting ready to say goodbye to one of its longtime executives.

Melinda Benedek, who serves as executive vp business affairs and production, is set to retire after 22 years at the cabler.

She will remain at the company through the end of the year. Benedek said she plans to travel to Europe once she steps down.

In her position, which saw her report to Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins, Benedek helped manage the company’s business affairs and production teams. Her specific duties included negotiating and managing the business and legal aspects of the development and production of all Showtime originals and licensed original programming.

“Melinda has touched so much of what we do at Showtime for so long, it’s difficult to imagine our team without her,” said Nevins in a statement. “I have long valued her sharp mind, her integrity and her cool under pressure. We applaud her decision to begin this exciting next chapter of her life. As sad as we are to see her go, we are thrilled for her personally.”

Added Benedek: “I have loved being a part of Showtime’s evolution and growth over the last 22 years — my title has been the same, but my job continuously changed as we developed and executed different programming strategies for the network. However, the time has come to explore some of the other lives I have wanted to live, and relocate for part of each year to Europe where I grew up.”

Before joining Showtime in 1995, Benedek served as head of business affairs of Twentieth Century Fox’s film division for four years. Immediately before that, she was executive vp at Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. Before making the leap to Hollywood, Benedek was a partner at the firm of Pollock, Bloom and Dekom.

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