David Nevins has just gotten a double bump up at CBS Corporation.
The rising star at Showtime Networks Inc. has been promoted to Chairman of the entity, and will retain his CEO title.
At the same time, he will now serve as Chief Creative Officer for CBS Corporation, reporting to Joe Ianniello, the company’s President and acting CEO.
Nevins is based in Los Angeles.
In his new role at CBS, Nevins will be responsible for oversight of programming, marketing and research across CBS Television Studios, the CBS Television Network’s Entertainment division, Showtime Networks and, in conjunction with CBS Interactive, programming for CBS All Access. He will also oversee CBS’ interest in The CW, a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Julie McNamara (CBS All Access), David Stapf (CBS Television Studios), Kelly Kahl (CBS Entertainment), George Schweitzer (Marketing) and Radha Subramanyam (Research) will continue in their leadership roles in these respective areas.
“David has a brilliant creative mind and an impressive track record of success at SHOWTIME and in the entertainment industry,” said Ianniello. “He is a forward-thinking leader who has driven programming excellence and subscriber growth for the cable network and its growing over-the-top service. The combination of David working with the outstanding and proven creative leaders we have in place will continue to build our position as a global premium content powerhouse.”
“We have great strength in the creative leadership across the Company’s content divisions, and I am excited to get to work with the talented teams that run CBS’ programming services,” said Nevins. “Together, we are committed to growing our businesses, offering industry-leading shows that are among the most powerful and most loved across broadcast, streaming and premium cable.”
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Showtime Networks Inc., Nevins manages the company’s programming, distribution, business development, finance, marketing, creative, digital media, scheduling, research, acquisitions, network operations, home entertainment, business affairs and corporate communications teams, as well as SHOWTIME Sports and Smithsonian Networks. He also works closely with CBS Corporation’s international and domestic distribution groups on the monetization of SHOWTIME’s content around the world.
Before joining Showtime Networks, Nevins was an Emmy Award-winning producer and network programming executive. He served as President of Imagine Television from 2002-2010, where he oversaw development and production and was an executive producer on all Imagine Television shows. Under his leadership, Imagine produced “Arrested Development,” which won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and “24,” which won for Outstanding Drama Series. He also developed and executive produced the critically acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights,” which received honors from the American Film Institute (AFI) for Television Program of the Year and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. Nevins also received an Emmy Award nomination for his work as an executive producer on the final season of “Friday Night Lights.”
Prior to joining Imagine, Nevins served as Executive Vice President of Programming at Fox Broadcasting Company. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President, Primetime Series at NBC, where he was responsible for the development and creative supervision of such renowned dramas and comedies as “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Will & Grace,” “Homicide: Life On The Street” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”