Former Showtime scripted chief Amy Israel to head TV at Peter Chernin’s North Road

Former Showtime scripted chief Amy Israel has joined Peter Chernin’s US-based studio The North Road Company as president of television. Israel exited Paramount-owned Showtime a month ago, following its merging into Chris McCarthy’s MTV Entertainment Studios, with her new move reuniting her with former boss David Nevins, who was appointed as North Road CEO in […]

‘Diversity’ needs breaking down, argues ‘Dreaming Whilst Black’ exec producer

Dreaming Whilst Black exec producer Danny Joshi has said the industry needs to be more “specific” in its discussions around “diverse” programming and outlined how he protected the show’s creative freedom. Joshi, MD at producer Big Deal Films, said the catch-all nature of ‘diverse programming’ was inadequate in reflecting the types of shows on offer […]

Showtime EVP of scripted Amy Israel joins senior exec exodus

Showtime’s scripted chief, Amy Israel, has become the latest senior exec to depart after more than a decade with the Paramount-owned network. Israel, who had been behind shows such as Yellowjackets, Masters Of Sex and The Affair, is leaving eight months after Showtime was merged into Chris McCarthy’s MTV Entertainment Studios, following the exit of […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Behind the changing fortunes of US pay-TV & streaming key players

As North America’s pay-TV & streaming landscape continues to shift, Sarah Henschel, principal analyst at Omdia, explores the changing fortunes of some of the key players in the region. In 2022, online subscription revenue reached $39.2bn in North America, up 23% YoY. Online channel revenue in the US is dominated by Netflix, which accounted for […]

Chernin’s North Road hires Showtime & Paramount alum David Nevins as CEO

Peter Chernin’s The North Road Company has landed former Showtime and Paramount Global exec David Nevins as its CEO. Nevins, who stepped down as chairman & CEO at Paramount Premium Group and Paramount+ last year, will take on the role from Chernin, who becomes exec chairman. The former Showtime chief’s remit includes driving the LA-based […]

Showtime alum Vinnie Malhotra joins Barack & Michelle Obama prodco Higher Ground Productions

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions has landed former Showtime exec Vinnie Malhotra to oversee its film & TV division. Malhotra left Showtime in February having been its EVP of non-fiction programming, working across docs, unscripted and scripted shows based on true events. He reports directly to the Obamas, but will also work […]

The future for docuseries: Time for a reset

Docuseries have exploded over recent years but rampant competition, rising costs and squeezed budgets are now impacting producers, writes Nick Edwards Streaming has redefined docuseries, allowing them to be consumed in hundreds of millions of homes around the world, but what does the future hold now the sector is undergoing cuts, consolidation and contraction? The […]

Showtime axes ‘King Shaka’ drama as producer CBS Studios eyes new home

Showtime is not done cutting its programming costs just yet, with upcoming series King Shaka being cancelled by the Paramount-owned network despite most filming being completed. The drama, which was ordered in 2021, is from CBS Studios and tells the story of the Zulu king, who is being played by Charles Babalola. It is being […]

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