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TCA: Showtime’s David Nevins On Emmy Category Controversy, ‘Happy-ish’, ‘Halo’ Future, ‘Nurse Jackie’s End Game

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 3:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TCA: Showtime’s David Nevins On Emmy Category Controversy, ‘Happy-ish’, ‘Halo’ Future, ‘Nurse Jackie’s End GameShowtime‘s Shameless switching from drama to comedy was part of the Emmy category rules debate of the past several months. “There is always a degree of arbitrariness,” Showtime boss David Nevins said about the Emmy category assignments. He argued that whatever genres and categories are out there, Showtime’s DNA would be to defy them and push the limits. In the case of Shameless, he said executive producer John Wells had always wanted to submit the show as a comedy, with Showtime backing him up this year after competing as a drama for three years. The move paid off, with star William H. Macy earning a first lead actor nomination. “He is giving a comedic performance,” Nevins said.

happyishNevins gave an update on the status of Happy-ish, the dark comedy project the network had just picked up to series when star Philip Seymour Hoffman suddenly died in February. “I’m sitting on five scripts from (creator) Shalom Auslander that I think are brilliant,” Nevins said. “If we cast it the right way, I would make it.” Showtime had been quietly reaching out to A-list actors for the past few months to take over the role played by Hoffman. If the lead is recast, “it wouldn’t necessarily go straight to series.” But Nevins was adamant that the pilot starring Hoffman would not air.

Nevins confirmed that the TV series adaptation of Halo is still on track despite Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that it would shut down its XBox Entertainment Studios division, which was to develop and produce the series with Amblin TV in partnership with Showtime.
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Produced By: Top Cable Executives Undeterred By Netflix

Produced by Conference 2014 logoConsumer’s ferocious viewing appetite and The Netflix Model were some of the prime weighty topics at Produced By‘s “Take It From the Top: 10 Questions for the Cable Bosses” panel Saturday featuring Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, FX Network CEO John Landgraf, president of Showtime networks David Nevins and SundanceTV president and GM Sarah Barnett. Despite the impact that Netflix has had on consumers’ viewing habits, the group concurred that premium cable still has the edge and provides the pivotal role as a curator to viewers.  Exclaimed Albrecht, “If you took the premium channels, we have much better product than Netflix and we have more movies and earlier windows.”  Albrecht also pointed out how premium “was at the forefront of technological advances” with such view-where-you-go apps as HBO GO. If premium cable is going to outlast Netflix, the trick lies in getting cable and satellite distributors to offer up such services at a suitable price point for the customer. “The consumer is increasingly becoming the buyer of such distribution equipment, and they’re going to feel entitled about what they want, when they want,” said Albrecht. Read More »

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David Nevins Upped To Showtime Networks President, Extends Contract Through 2018

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime's David NevinsAfter a successful three-and-a-half years on the job, Showtime‘s entertainment president David Nevins has been given a bigger title and signed into a new deal to keep him at the company though 2018. In his new role as President of Showtime Networks, Nevins will add oversight of Showtime Sports and the company’s marketing, creative and digital media divisions. He also will continue to oversee all aspects of Showtime programming, along with managing the network’s scheduling, research, acquisitions, home entertainment, business affairs and corporate communications teams. “David Nevins is one of the most talented executives working in television today,” said Showtime Networks CEO Matthew C. Blank, to whom Nevins will continue to report. “His arrival at Showtime was followed by an incredible period of renewal for our network, and these transformative Showtimeyears have led to critical acclaim, consistent buzz, subscriber growth and awards recognition.”

Since Nevins joined the network in 2010, Showtime has added 5 million subscribers. All four new scripted series developed by him have launched successfully: dramas Homeland, which was Nevins’ first buy when he arrived at Showtime, Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex and comedy House Of Lies. Homeland earned Showtime’s first-ever best series Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Coming up are John Logan’s horror drama series Penny Dreadful and infidelity drama The Affair. (The network’s recently ordered comedy series … Read More »

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TCA: Showtime’s David Nevins On Ending ‘The Borgias’, Netflix’s Game, Bryan Zuriff

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 2:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fans of The Borgias took their Save The Show campaign to TCA, hiring a plane to hover over the Showtime-sponsored outdoor lunch today carrying a “Save The Borgias” banner addressed to Showtime and its entertainment president David Nevins. Nevins referenced the stunt during the network executive session, which followed. “I feel bad about the money being spent,” he said, adding that he also encountered what he described as a “paid protester” on his way in. Nevins also re-addressed the reasons for cancelling Borgias and scrapping the idea of a movie that would wrap up the story. “We looked hard at looking a two-hour finale but the economics didn’t make sense,” Nevins said. “It came to a good stopping point.”

Nevins also discussed emerging competitor Netflix. “Netflix is playing an interesting game, who knows who’s watching what,” He said, referring to Netflix’s refusal to share data about its viewership. “Ratings is a function of showmanship… It’s a rich time to be making premium television.” Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie’ Renewed For Season 6

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ten days before Nurse Jackie‘s fifth-season finale, Showtime has renewed the dark comedy for a sixth season to premiere in 2014. A co-production of Showtime and Lionsgate, Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco in her Emmy-winning role as Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant — but very flawed — emergency room nurse. Clyde Phillips, who took over as showrunner after Season 4, will be back, joined by fellow exec producers Caryn Mandabach, Richie Jackson and Tom Straw. Production for the sixth season will begin this fall in New York.

Nurse Jackie is an essential part of the Showtime brand, and we are thrilled with the series’ growth in its fifth season,” said Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins. “Under the new leadership of Clyde Phillips, and with an amazing cast led by Edie Falco, this show is as sharp and compelling and entertaining as ever. I’m excited to get to see the next chapter in Jackie’s life.” Read More »

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Showtime’s David Nevins On The Decision To End ‘Dexter’ & Potential Spinoff Series

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 2:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Yesterday’s official announcement that the upcoming eighth season of Dexter will be its last was two years in the making. When Showtime gave the veteran drama a two-year renewal in 2011, the network’s entertainment president David Nevins noted that that was likely going to be the end. “We wanted to leave open the possibility for a change if something creatively came up,” Nevins said in an interview today. “Once we ended last season and did some of the creative conversations between seasons, it became clear the time was right (to end the series).” There was no point over the past two years where extending Dexter beyond Season 8 was seriously considered. And the “basic end game scenario” sketched going into Season 7, has remained pretty much intact, Nevins said. While made before Season 8 went into production, the decision was kept quiet (save for CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves’ slip) to make the official announcement closer to the season premiere date.

While Dexter will end with the upcoming eighth season, that won’t necessarily be the end of the franchise, with a spinoff series a possibility. “There are all sorts of possibilities,” Nevins said, adding that “all kinds of ideas have been discussed but there is nothing happening right now.” There are no plans to use any of the episodes in the upcoming season of Dexter to set up a potential spinoff, and no Dexter cast members have deals for potential off-shoot series. “This season is about this season playing out the trajectory of the Dexter character,” Nevins said. Read More »

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Showtime’s Sunday Theme: ‘Shameless’, ‘House Of Lies’ And ‘Californication’ -TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Premium cable channels enjoy the luxury of not having to worry as much as commercial TV about success in certain time slots, Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins said during today’s TCA Q&A with reporters. He pointed out that 65% of the Dexter audience watches the show at some time after its original airing.

But Showtime chose to focus on a time slot – an evening, that is — in presenting this afternoon’s panel featuring actors from its Sunday night series House of Lies (Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell), Californication (Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon) and Shameless (William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum).

The lively conversation ranged all over the map but at one point wandered to Macy’s short haircut, a marked difference from the filthy flowing locks his character sported when Shameless began (and the clean flowing locks the actor wore in the 2012 movie The Sessions). “I cut it off on the show, it was very dramatic,” the actor said, joking that after his buzz cut he enjoyed watching the faces of onlookers searching for something positive to say about his new look. “I got 7 hats for Christmas,” he added.

Related: Achieving Closure On ‘The Big C: Hereafter’

Of his character, the actor drew laughs by saying: “There is no low for this character. They have installed special low-cal scenery because I’ve been eating so much of it.”  Read More »

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Showtime’s David Nevins On The Impact Of Colorado Tragedy On Programming Choices

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 2:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David Nevins ShowtimeShowtime was one of the networks that pulled some programs off its schedule in the wake of the Colorado shootings July 20. The pay cable network is known for violent shows, and network president David Nevins was asked today at TCA about what impact the tragedy would have on programming decisions. “It’s a very hard question,” he said. “The weekend that happened we did replace some movie titles. Dexter is a psychological show, so it’s very hard to see a direct causal connection, but we always weigh this stuff all the time with our shows, like Dexter or Homeland, even Borgias. It’s a big part of (new drama) Ray Donovan.

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Showtime Mounts Documentary Push, Sets Return Dates For ‘Jackie’, ‘Big C’ & ‘Borgias’

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 12:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime is making a major play in the documentary space. On the heels of the recent greenlight for a documentary about infamous rap mogul Suge Knight directed by Antoine Fuqua, the pay cable network today announced The World According To Dick Cheney, a documentary chronicling the life of the former Vice President, which will be directed by The War Room helmer R.J. Cutler. Additionally, Showtime is developing a Richard Pryor docu, through it is still in early stages, and talks with Pryor’s family for their cooperation are ongoing. The three projects are part of what Showtime calls “a new initiative to produce a slate of high-end, filmmaker-driven portraits of iconic figures.” “I had feeling we can have a real impact with documentaries,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said during the network’s TCA executive session this morning. The plan is to roll out the initiative slowly with a handful of documentaries and to produce more if they do well.

Nevins said that there is “clear endgame in place” for veteran drama Dexter, whose recent two-season pickup is the “likely endpoint,” “but I’m allowing for the possibility that the plan can change,” he added. He defended an incest-ish plotline this past season that linked adopted siblings Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) and Dexter (Michael C. Hall). “I’m aware that there’s a certain taboo despite the fact that they’re not genetically related, but it’s something … Read More »

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Showtime’s David Nevins: Seasons 7 And 8 Of ‘Dexter’ Will “Likely” Be Show’s Last

By | Friday November 18, 2011 @ 10:49am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Minutes after Showtime announced a new two-year deal with Dexter star Michael C. Hall and a two-year pickup for the show, I spoke with Showtime entertainment president David Nevins about the deal and the future of Dexter, the network’s highest-rated series. Last month, I reported about a breakdown in the negotiations between Hall and Showtime over a $4 million gap between the $24 million Hall’s reps were reportedly seeking and the $20 million Showtime was offering for a new 2-year contract. (Hall’s existing one is up at the end of the current Season 6.) Today, Nevins declined to discuss financials but stressed that they didn’t drive the deal-making. “It’s been a pretty simple negotiation, and Michael C. Hall has been incredibly gentlemanly throughout the whole process,” Nevins said. “The biggest question was: what is the trajectory of the show creatively? And after speaking with (executive producers) John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Scott Buck, it became pretty clear that there was a very clear 3-year trajectory. Once we established that, this became a very simple negotiation, which went down pretty quickly.” The 3-year trajectory includes the current sixth season and the upcoming Seasons 7 and 8. Does it mean that Dexter will end after eight seasons? “I’m not going to say with absolute certainty that this is the end, but that is the likely scenario, that the series is … Read More »

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TCA: Showtime Picks Up Doc Series On Comics, Sets Premiere Date For ‘House Of Lies’, More From Network’s Exec Session

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has picked up Steve Carell and David Steinberg’s docu/interview series, now titled Laughing Stock. The series, which will premiere in January, features host Steinberg interviewing top comedians of several generations, including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey and Carell.

Additionally, Showtime announced a premiere date for new dark comedy series House of Lies starring Don Cheadle. It will debut on Jan. 8, sandwiched between the season premieres of Shameless and Californication.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins today introduced to critics his first 2 new series at the network, drama Homeland and House of Lies. There will be more soon. “We’ve definitely been in expansion mode, we’re now up to 10 major scripted shows and there are more coming,”he said during the network’s executive session.”We believe in investing in renewable resources, which is fundamentally our series. We are in a good place now trying to get gradually bigger.” He said Showtime is not tempted to re-enter the longform arena despite HBO’s Emmy success with movies and miniseries. “If you do longform, you can rack up a large number of Emmy nominations but I like our strategy to put resources in renewable things.”

Asked about the cancellation of United States of Tara, Nevins said, “It was a big show … Read More »

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Showtime Reels In Talent: Inks Deals For Projects With Mark Ruffalo & Anthony Edwards, Jeff Daniels & Timothy Busfield

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Two months into the job, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is already hard at work building a development slate with some big-name auspices. Among the latest to sign up for projects at the pay cable networks are Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards who are working on a drama project together, and Jeff Daniels and Timothy Busfield, who are collaborating on another project, Happily Ever After, which would star Daniels.

Zodiac co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards co-created and will executive produce the Showtime project. There is hope that they may also star but that is still unclear as Ruffalo’s feature commitments may get in the way. Weeds writer/executive producer Roberto Benabib is writing the script set in the morally ambiguous world of media crisis management and centered on two partners running such a firm. CBS TV Studios is producing. It was was during the filming of David Fincher’s 2007 movie Zodiac, on which they played partners Inspector David Toschi and Inspector William Armstrong, that Ruffalo and Edwards hit it off and began talking about possibly doing another project together. They remained close and kept bouncing around different ideas for potential TV series until they settled on the one about a crisis management firm and brought in Benabib, who has been developing it with them. The three and Cheryl Dollins will executive produce the project, which expands Benabib’s relationship with Showtime … Read More »

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Showtime Renews ‘Weeds’ And ‘The Big C’

Nellie Andreeva

Veteran Showtime comedy Weeds and freshman The Big C have just been picked up, marking the first renewal for David Nevins since he joined the pay cable network as entertainment president. Big C‘s order is for 13 episodes, Weeds has been picked up for at least 13. Nevins recently made his first move on the development side with a pilot order to Homeland, a drama from 24 executive Read More »

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David Nevins On The Move At Showtime: Picks Up Thriller From Howard Gordon

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In its first major development decision since taking the programming reins at Showtime as entertainment president, David Nevins is close to greenlighting his first pilot, a psychological thriller, from former 24 executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon. Ben Affleck, hot off the No.1 opening of his crime caper The Town, is circling to direct. He has read the script and is very interested contingent on availability. If dates could be worked out, this would mark Affleck’s TV directorial debut. Read More »

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Showtime Renews ‘The Green Room’

By | Thursday September 9, 2010 @ 8:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s new programming chief David Nevins shows continuity with a renewal of the network’s comedy series The Green Room with Paul Provenza, which has received a six-episode order. Season 2 will be filmed in Los Angeles for a 2011 premiere. Hosted by comedian Paul Provenza, each episode features a handful of comedians as they tackle topics in an uncensored format.  Provenza executive produces the series with Barbara Romen.

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Francie Calfo Named Imagine TV President

Nellie Andreeva

FrancieCalfoVeteran TV executive/producer Francie Calfo is joining Imagine TV as president after more than 20 years at ABC. Calfo will replace David Nevins who is leaving to become entertainment president at Showtime, replacing Robert Greenblatt. Calfo’s deal with 20th TV where Imagine TV is based came after a couple of weeks of negotiations, mostly over financial terms.

Calfo most recently served as an ABC Studios-based producer, executive producing several pilots and one series, this summer’s struggling dramedy Scoundrels. Before that she was EVP at ABC, serving as entertainment president Stephen McPherson’s No.2. She segued into that job after spending a year as a producer, partnered with Stu Bloomberg when the two executive produced the short-lived ABC drama series Life As We Know It.

Calfo was previously an executive at ABC Studios’ predecessor Touchstone TV where she helped develop Alias and CSI under then-boss McPherson. Calfo first joined Disney’s TV team in 1989, in Buena Vista’s TV research department, eventually working her way into programming at Touchstone.

Calfo is the second ABC Studios-based producer to land a president-level job at a 20th TV-based company this week. On Tuesday, Bert Salke was named president of 20th TV’s cable/unscripted division Fox21.

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Matt Blank and David Nevins Discuss The Top Executive Change At Showtime

Nellie Andreeva

Shortly after Showtime officially announced today that David Nevins will be the network’s new entertainment president, succeeding Robert Greenblatt, Showtime Networks’ chairman and CEO Matt Blank and Nevins got on the phone to discuss the change at the helm of the pay cable network. Blank confirmed that no one at the company was particularly surprised by Greenblatt’s decision as he had been discussing for months the possibility of leaving at the end of his current contract, but the resolution did come down pretty quickly. “Over the past couple of weeks it became more clear that Bob’s decision was more imminent, and we were able to commence a search (for his replacement), Blank said.  He wouldn’t discuss if he interviewed other candidates for the job, noting only that “David was the first choice.” Blank said that he didn’t know Nevins personally before he approached him but quickly discovered that “David and I have a pretty easy shorthand in terms of the type of shows he likes and admires.” According to Blank, some of the series Nevins shepherded at Imagine, including Arrested Development and Friday Night Lights, “would’ve been great on Showtime.”

Nevins said the call from Showtime was “a little bit out of the blue.” “I loved being a network executive when I did that job but I wasn’t looking to leave producing. However, that 7-8 years itch does come along (Nevins had been at Imagine since 2002). And I feel like this may be the best executive job in television right now.” Nevins’ … Read More »

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It’s Official: ImagineTV’s David Nevins To Succeed Robert Greenblatt At Showtime

Nellie Andreeva

David_NevinsNEW YORK – (June 28, 2010) – David Nevins, an Emmy Award-winning producer and veteran network programming executive, has been named President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks Inc., it was announced today by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., to whom he will report.   Mr. Nevins will succeed Robert Greenblatt, who announced he will leave the network after completing his current contract in July. Nevins, who has served as President of Imagine Television since 2002, will be responsible for developing, acquiring and supervising all aspects of programming for all of the Showtime Networks channels.  He will be based in Los Angeles and begin his new position later this summer.

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DOUBLE SHOCKER! Imagine’s David Nevins Replacing Robert Greenblatt At Showtime

By | Thursday June 24, 2010 @ 6:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

showtime_logoI broke the news today that David Nevins suddenly is leaving Imagine TV after serving as president for 8 years because he couldn’t reach a contract with 20th TV and that he lined up a new job. He’s heading to Showtime as the new entertainment president, replacing Robert Greenblatt, who will be leaving. “He wants other mountains to climb. A great exec we tried to keep,’ a CBS Inc exec explained tonight.

GreenblattThe fact that Greenblatt’s contract is up this summer has triggered a flurry of speculation for months how after 7 years he might pursue a new job, possibly at a broadcast network, maybe even with post-merger NBC. Under him, Showtime has grown into a formidable scripted series player through a slew of successful shows such as The Tudors, Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie and the United States Of Tara. The parting of the ways between Greenblatt and Showtime is said to be amicable, and Greenblatt is expected to stay on through the end of his contract next month. He is known for switching careers and not staying in one job for too long. He left his post at Fox as EVP to launch Greenblatt Janollari Studio, then left the successful production company to run Showtime. The length of his stay at Showtime is similar to his stints at Fox (8 years) and Greenblatt Janollari Studios (6 years).

As for Nevins, I hear the negotiations with Showtime happened quickly within the … Read More »

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