Showtime Marketing Executive Frank Pintauro Dies at 61

Frank Pintauro - P 2012
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Frank Pintauro - P 2012

The man behind the network's award-winning ad campaigns loses his long battle with cancer.

Frank Pintauro, longtime executive vice president of Showtime's in-house marketing agency Red Group, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

Pintauro joined the network in 1989 after holding key positions at NBC Entertainment and ABC News. At Showtime, he created the network's eye-catching and award-winning ad campaigns, and oversaw creative for on-air, editorial production, marketing promotion and graphics, animation, digital content and print.

In 2011, Red Group was named In-House Creative Team of the Year by PromaxBDA.

Pintauro was also a member of the network's programming department, tasked with finding potential development properties, and was instrumental in the production of the company's family films and Showtime Original Pictures series.

"The success of Showtime is due in large part to Frank’s contributions over the past 20 years," Showtime chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank says in a statement. "He was a brilliant creative executive with an amazing work ethic and great integrity."

Pintauro is survived by his wife, Kathy Pintauro, and two sons, David and Tony Pintauro