Showtime Networks

Showtime ups Christie to COO

Long-serving Showtime Networks distribution president Tom Christie has been promoted to COO. Christie has been with the CBS Corp.-owned premium US channel for a quarter of a century, most recently as president, distribution, business development and network operations. His promotion comes soon after Showtime president David Nevins replaced another long-serving veteran, Matt Blank, as CEO. […]

Showtime ups veteran Levine to programme chief

The long-serving Gary Levine has been upped to president of programming at US premium cable channel Showtime, as his boss, David Nevins, prepares to take on the CEO role. Levine (pictured) has been with Showtime since 2001, and has worked on every one of its original dramas, which include Homeland, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Californication […]

‘Renaissance man’ lands eOne scripted post

A former Fox Television Studios programming VP described as a “renaissance man of scripted television” is joining Entertainment One in a top drama role. Pancho Mansfield has been named as eOne Television’s president, global scripted programming. Based out of eOne’s LA office he will work closely with US scripted development chief Gerard Boccacio and global […]

News brief: Showtime’s Californication dream over

US cable channel Showtime will end its comic drama Californication after its upcoming seventh season. The show has steadily improved its ratings since launching in 2007 but CBS-owned Showtime has decided to cancel it. Californication follows David Duchovny (The X Files) as a sex-obsessed Hollywood writer. It comes from CBS’s Showtime Networks unit.

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 […]