Showtime's David Nevins Elevated to President

The Hollywood Reporter
David Nevins

Nevins, who has inked a new deal that will keep him at Showtime through 2018, will add oversight over Showtime Sports as well as the company’s marketing, creative and digital media divisions.

David Nevins is moving up the corporate ladder.

The Showtime entertainment chief has been elevated to the newly-created role of president of Showtime Networks, and has signed a new deal that will keep him with the company through 2018. As part of the new pact, he’ll add oversight over Showtime Sports as well as the company’s marketing, creative and digital media divisions. Nevins will continue to report to CEO Matthew Blank, who is based in New York.

The news comes after a particularly strong first three and a half years on the job, having greenlighted Emmy winner Homeland as well as House of Lies, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. Each of the series have garnered critical and commercial success, enabling Nevins to tout his newer series as Showtime's strongest. In addition to his broad swath of programming responsibilities, he will remain the liaison to CBS Corporation’s international and domestic distribution groups.  

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"David Nevins is one of the most talented executives working in television today," said Blank, adding: "His arrival at Showtime was followed by an incredible period of renewal for our Network, and these transformative years have led to critical-acclaim, consistent buzz, subscriber growth and awards recognition."

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Since Nevins' arrival in 2010, Showtime has added 5 million subscribers, which has resulted in consistent growth in revenue, and broadened the network's reach. In that time frame, the premium cable network also has amassed 99 Emmy Award nominations and 22 wins, and re-established itself as a culturally relevant destination for documentary filmmakers. Among his docs: The World According to Dick Cheney, Time of Death and the forthcoming doc-series Years of Living Dangerously.

When Nevins joined Showtime, he did so with big shoes to fill. His predecessor, Bob Greenblatt, had put the cable network on the map, with a suite of critically acclaimed programs including Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara and Weeds. Nevins brought with him a resume that included stints as president of Imagine Television from 2002 to 2010, during which time he produced Friday Night Lights, 24 and Arrested Development, and as executive VP of programming at Fox and senior VP primetime series at NBC.