Danielle Gelber, who long served as a key programming exec for Bob Greenblatt at Showtime, is leaving the pay cabler.
“I’ve had a remarkably fantastic time during my years at Showtime,” Gelber said in a statement. “I am deeply proud to have been so intricately involved in bringing many of the network’s signature series to our air, to say nothing of the amazingly rich roster of talented people from the creative community I’ve been privileged to work with. It’s been a life and career-shaping experience for me thanks to my many valued colleagues at the network, and I’m excited and looking very forward to where this great experience will take me next.”
Gelber spent eight years at Showtime most recently as senior VP of original programming under Greenblatt and exec VP Gary Levine; she first joined the channel in 2002 as VP. Before that, she spent eight years at Fox, where she headed up drama development as senior VP (and also worked with Greenblatt). Gelber came to Fox from Spelling, where she began as Aaron Spelling’s assistant and eventually helped develop “Beverly Hills, 90210” as head of development.
UPDATED: An earlier version of this post rampantly speculated that a Gelber hire at NBC was inevitable; that’s far from the case, however, insiders tell us. We’ve played that down to focus on Gelber’s departure.