Showtime has laid off seven employees in affiliate sales. The most prominent among them is Anne Droste, SVP and General Manager of the Western Zone. The trimming surprised some as Showtime is doing very well financially and has been adding subscribers. The move was part of a consolidation effort, a Showtime spokesperson said. “We announced a restructuring of our marketing and sales groups a few months ago and this is part of that process,” the spokesperson said. As part of the restructuring of Showtime’s marketing operations following the departure of marketing head Len Fogge, the affiliate marketing division was moved under the purview of EVP Affiliate Sales Tom Christie, whose department had to absorb a number of employees from different areas in the last few months. Additionally, Showtime has most of its affiliate deals locked in for the foreseeable future.
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