David Nevins

Hulu to offer discounted Showtime

US streaming service Hulu will offer a discounted version of cable channel Showtime’s online service. The deal marks the first premium service that broadcaster-backed Hulu will offer its subscribers. As of July 12, Hulu subs will be able to add the service to their package for US$8.99 a month, compared to non-subs, who have to […]

Nevins to succeed Blank at Showtime

One of the longest serving CEOs in American television is about to hand over the reins. Matt Blank (left) is stepping down as chief executive of Showtime on January 1, 2016 and handing the role to president and creative chief David Nevins (below, right), who will then carry both titles. Nevins new contract extends his […]

BBC raids Disney, NBCU for Asia appointments

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has hired four new executives for its Asia business. The changes come in the wake of David Weiland’s appointment as executive VP, Asia, for Worldwide. Weiland (pictured), who previously ran Western Europe for Worldwide, started in the Singapore-based position this week and has assembled a […]

Showtime orders Dominic West, Philip Seymour Hoffman series

CBS-owned US cable net Showtime has ordered two new scripted projects, The Affair and Happyish. Half-hour comedy Happyish is billed as “a dark examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place”. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) stars as a middle-aged man dealing […]

Showtime plots Seymour Hoffman series and Time of Death

US cable channel Showtime is working on a new comedy pilot starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and a doc series about people facing imminent death. Further news coming out of Showtime sees the CBS-owned channel scoring an overall two-year dealwith Dexter showrunner Scott Buck. Hoffman’s pilot, titled Trending Down is billed as a “blistering […]

Record ratings secure second season for Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan, the Liev Schreiber-fronted drama that’s on course to become US premium cable channel Showtime’s highest-rating show ever, has been given a second season. Hype around the series has been building since its debut last month, which trumped previous records with an overall six million viewers across all platforms and, unusually for a scripted […]

Showtime epic The Borgias meets its demise

US premium cable channel Showtime is bringing down the curtain on its epic period drama The Borgias after three seasons. The Neil Jordan-created show – which stars Jeremy Irons (left) as the manipulative Pope Alexander VI, the head of the influential Renassiance-era Borgias family – will end with the finale of the current season on […]

Showtime orders a third season of Homeland

US cable network Showtime has ordered another season of its hit drama series Homeland. Season three will comprise 12x1hr episodes. The second season of the espionage drama, which stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, is being shown on Showtime at the moment. It has delivered strong ratings. The opening episode generated 5.2 million viewers (including […]