Nevins to succeed Greenblatt programming topper

Showtime’s shuffle at the top is complete. Robert Greenblatt will step down after seven years as Showtime Networks entertainment prexy, to be succeeded by longtime Imagine TV prexy David Nevins.

Showtime chairman and CEO Matt Blank made it official Monday ayem. News of the exec transition first surfaced Thursday evening, the same day Nevins announced his resignation from Imagine after eight years with the company.

“I’m thrilled to welcome a creative executive of the caliber of David Nevins to our company,” Blank said. “David’s career has been punctuated by genre-defining programming at every turn and has the perfect creative sensibility for Showtime Networks’ next exciting chapter,” he added.

“At the same time, I have to say that Bob Greenblatt is one of the finest executives in the business and has developed some of the most extraordinary original programming of the past decade. His legacy has us grateful and well-positioned for the company’s future.”

Nevins said he was intrigued by Showtime’s track record with distinctive programming.

“Showtime has shown a remarkably consistent ability to develop unique, signature shows with that rare combination of creative integrity and mass appeal– and frankly they do the kind of shows I like to watch,” said Nevins. Matt and Bob have done this by creating a nurturing environment where the best creative talent can thrive. It’s exactly the same philosophy that we had at Imagine under Brian (Grazer) and Ron’s (Howard) leadership. Showtime is a place where quality wins and I’m excited to build on its legacy.”

Greenblatt exits on a high note, with two high-profile new series on deck for later this year, “The Big C,” a darkly comic half-hour starring Laura Linney, and “Shameless,” a family drama starring William H. Macy. Greenblatt’s formidable roster of hits during his tenure includes “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “The Tudors,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Californication” and “United States of Tara.”

“During the last seven years, we’ve managed to reinvigorate Showtime as a vital, attention-getting network, which is now known as a destination for some of the best, most original series anywhere on television,” said Greenblatt. “Showtime’s programming line-up is directly responsible for the network’s remarkable growth and has brought wide-ranging critical acclaim. I have enormous respect and admiration for everyone at Showtime who have worked so passionately as a team, and I can’t thank Matt Blank enough for his unconditional support, his leadership, and his partnership with me every step of the way. I leave exceedingly proud that Showtime now stands as a vibrant, exciting, groundbreaking network and I predict it will remain so for many years to come.”

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