Showtime Communications Executive Trisha Cardoso Makes First Personnel Moves

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Shari Kaufman joins the network as VP of talent relations and special events and Kate Meyer is upped to VP of awards and film festivals.

Trisha Cardoso, Showtime Networks executive vp of corporate communications, has made her first personnel moves since taking the job last year. 

Cardoso has tapped Shari Kaufman to head the premium networks talent relations and special events and promoted network veteran Kate Meyer to vice president of awards and film festivals. Cardoso made the announcement Tuesday.

As vice president of talent and special events, Kaufman will oversee all talent-related activities and events for Showtime’s original programming and also will be responsible for talent coordination throughout the network including sports, affiliate relations, corporate communications and marketing. Kaufman has repped numerous television clients, including CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, through her boutique agency SKPR.

Meyer will continue to work closely with Cardoso on all strategy for the network’s awards and film festival initiatives. Showtime pulled in the most Golden Globe nominations of any network this year and won its first ever drama series Globe for Homeland. Most recently, Meyer served as senior director of awards and film festivals.

Kaufman and Meyer report to Cardoso.

“Shari is a creative and innovative thinker with extensive experience in event marketing, talent relations and publicity,” said Cardoso in a statement. She added: “On the heels of a record-breaking year of major award wins for Showtime, Kate’s promotion is well deserved. Her dedication, creativity and keen award industry expertise are pivotal to the success of Showtime programming.”

Cardoso, a veteran communications executive who worked closely with CBS and Showtime executives during a stint at studio Paramount Network TV, joined Showtime last September, She succeeded Richard Licata, who left last summer to join former Showtime entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt at NBC.

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