One of Showtime’s longest-serving executives, 14-year veteran Gary Levine, has been upped to President of Programming. His promotion comes as his boss, David Nevins, prepares to transition from President of Showtime Networks to CEO on January 1. With his new title, Levine will continue to shepherd development and have creative oversight of all Showtime original scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and specials across all platforms, reporting to Nevins. He now will also add oversight of casting and program operations.
Levine joined Showtime in 2001 as EVP Original Programming. A well-respected development executive, he headed original programming for both Bob Greenblatt, who ran the network from 2003-10, and Nevins, who succeeded him.
“Gary has been an integral part of building Showtime Networks’ stellar original programming brand,” said Nevins. “He has proven to be an invaluable creative partner to me since the day I arrived at Showtime. “
Levine has been a key player in Showtime’s foray into original programming. He has had a hand in all of Showtime’s series of the past decade, including Homeland, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Episodes, Penny Dreadful, Weeds, The L Word, The Tudors, House Of Lies, Californication and Dexter. On the movies and documentaries side, Levine oversaw Listen To Me Marlon, Prophet’s Prey, and the Emmy-winning environmental docu-series Years of Living Dangerously.
Prior to joining Showtime Networks, Levine served as President of Icebox, an early Internet entertainment company. Previously, Levine headed development at Warner Bros Television, Witt-Thomas Productions and ABC (drama), developing such projects as The West Wing, Blossom and Twin Peaks, whose Showtime revival stems in part from Levine’s relationship with co-creator David Lynch developed during their work on the original series. Levine began his professional career in theater and was a producer with New York’s Roundabout Theatre.