Film executive Amy Israel has joined Showtime as SVP Original Programming. She will be responsible for the development and creative oversight of new original series, reporting to EVP original programming Gary Levine. “As more and more film actors, writers, directors and producers want to work at Showtime, it makes perfect sense to hire a creative exec from the feature world,” said Levine. This is becoming a trend among pay cable networks, who increasingly bring in feature heavyweights to their lineups. Just last month, HBO tapped feature executive Michael Ellenberg to lead the net’s drama department as SVP, HBO Entertainment. Israel most recently executive produced Andrew Niccol’s upcoming film In Time, which stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Wilde. Before that, she served as EVP Production for New Regency, where she oversaw a slate of projects including RFK, Mother Trucker and Mr. Romance. Before that, Israel was the head of the production and acquisitions departments at Paramount Vantage, where she oversaw the development and production of such films as the Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and Sean Penn’s Into The Wild and was instrumental in the acquisition of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Israel also had a stint as co-head of the acquisitions and co-production departments at Miramax Films.