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The Steady Rise (And Perfect Timing) Of David Nevins

David Nevins

In summer 2015, CBS was facing a rare Entertainment President opening when Nina Tassler informed her longtime boss, CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, of her intention to leave. Moonves reached out to one of the star executives within the company, then-Showtime president David Nevins, who was not interested. Instead, Nevins leveraged his position to sign a new contract that made him CEO of Showtime. He sensed the upside potential at the pay cable network, one of the biggest profit… Read

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Peter Bart: Peter Rice, High On Clout And Low On Visibility, Now Wields TV’s Biggest Portfolio

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I was walking on the Fox lot not long ago when my companion, a TV producer, pointed to a figure just ahead of us. "That's Peter Rice," he said. "Notice there's no shadow." Rice's shadow was in fact looming behind him, but I got the joke. Rice, the newly anointed most powerful man in television, is by design so low profile he may seem absent. He dislikes parties, doesn't do interviews, avoids fundraisers and, in meetings, may be cryptic to the point of silence. In short… Read

Business

Showtime’s Christina Spade Named CBS Corp CFO As Exec Shuffle Continues

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Christina Spade, Showtime’s chief financial officer, has been named EVP and Chief Financial Officer at CBS Corp., the latest move from president and interim CEO Joe Ianniello in restructuring the company’s exec suite after the departure of longtime CEO Les Moonves. The news was unveiled Thursday at the same time Ianniello announced that Showtime’s CEO David Nevins was named CBS's new chief creative officer, with oversight of programming across CBS Television Studios, the… Read

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Showtime Boss David Nevins Named CBS’ Chief Creative Officer

David Nevins

David Nevins has been named CBS’ new chief creative officer, with broad oversight of programming across CBS Television Studios, the CBS Television Network’s entertainment division, Showtime and programming for CBS All Access. The well-regarded executive also has been promoted to chairman of Showtime Networks Inc., and will remain as the premium cabler’s CEO. He also will oversee CBS' interest in The CW, a joint venture between CBS Corp and Warner Bros. "David has a… Read

Business

Disney Finalizes Film Studio Brass Under Alan Horn: Emma Watts Confirmed To Run Fox

As expected, 20th Century Fox Vice Chairman Emma Watts will continue leading the studio once it is absorbed by The Walt Disney Company. She’ll report directly to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a structure that Disney unveiled Thursday. Joining Watts, as Deadline previously reported, in the new Disney structure are Fox Searchlight chiefs Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, as well as Fox 2000 president of production Elizabeth Gabler. Current 20th Century Fox… Read

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Sinclair Broadcast CEO Chris Ripley Doubles Down On Deregulation Push: “We’re Just Entirely Too Small” – NAB Show NY

Sinclair Broadcasting

In some of his first public comments since the FCC torpedoed his company’s long-planned acquisition of rival Tribune Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley doubled down on his staunchly deregulatory rhetoric. Moderator Rick Howe let Ripley off the hook in terms of Tribune, which is embroiled in a legal fight with Sinclair over the merger meltdown, during the 30-minute conversation at NAB Show New York. But he did ask Ripley for an update on Sinclair’s general… Read

Business

Lionsgate International TV President Peter Iacono Exits; Agapy Kapouranis Set To Succeed Him

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Lionsgate said Wednesday that its President of International Television & Digital Distribution Peter Iacono is leaving the company, and has promoted Agapy Kapouranis to replace him. Iacono, who has been in leadership positions in the international group for almost a decade, is exiting to become CEO of TravelCadabra, a soon-to-launch travel e-commerce site. The move was announced by Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution, to whom… Read

Business

Entertainment Studios Names Ronnie Ng As CFO & Head Of Corporate Development

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has appointed Ronnie Ng as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development. Ng will work out of Entertainment Studios’ LA headquarters and manage corporate finances, strategic investments, risk management and data analysis for all Entertainment Studios corporate entities under Allen Media. That includes broadcast TV syndication, advertising sales, the eight 24-hour HD networks, and digital platforms — as well as theatrical… Read

TV

Dawn Olmstead Named President Of UCP & Wilshire Studios, Andra Shapiro Upped To EVP NBCU Cable Entertainment

Dawn Olmstead has been promoted to President, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. She will oversees creative development and operations for both studios,¬†reporting to Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Additionally, Andra Shapiro has been elevated to EVP & General Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs, NBCU Cable Entertainment. The appointments were just announced by Hammer in a company memo. (you can read it in full under the… Read

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Legal Deja Vu As Viacom Scolds Netflix Over Exec Poaching, Like Fox Did In 2016

I'd say, stop me if you've heard this one before, but that would take all the urgency and disruption out of Netflix's latest hiring legal dust-up. Two years ago, Fox took the well-paying streamer to court for poaching two executives still under contract and now Viacom are making the same move over Momita SenGupta joining Netflix as VP of physical production for original series. “Netflix was aware that Sengupta was under a term Employment Agreement with Viacom,” the… Read

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MGM Names Tricia Biggio As SVP Unscripted Television

Tricia Biggio, who has worked in development and production as well as on the buying side of the business, has joined MGM as SVP Unscripted Television. Biggio started at 3 Ball Entertainment before joining Lighthearted Entertainment and, later,¬†51 Minds. She also was an executive at VH1 and Snapchat and executive producer for series including the VH1 shows Candidly Nicole, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle and She's Got Game. Her other credits includ such series as Are You th… Read

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Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions Hires Tiffany Brown As TV Exec

EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Hart-founded HartBeat Productions, which recently signed a first-look deal with Nickelodeon to produce TV content, has brought on Tiffany Brown as manager of television. Brown, who will report to Hart and HartBeat film/TV president, John Cheng, comes with a background in comedy having worked on sitcoms like Rules of Engagement, The McCarthys, Welcome to The Family, and My Boys. Most recently, Brown was a part of the development team at Adaptive Studios… Read