Exec VP steps down after 31 years at pay cabler

Showtime acquisitions, planning and distribution exec VP Matthew Duda is stepping down after 31 years at the pay cabler.

During his tenure, Duda oversaw the acquisition of feature films, docs, and specials for all Showtime networks. He also helped work out deal structures and output arrangements with a handful of both major and indie studios.

“He is a person of talent and integrity, and a true expert in his field. I will forever be grateful for all that he has taught me since I joined the company,” said entertainment president David Nevins.

Duda was instrumental in the launch of the Sundance Channel in 1996, working closely with the Sundance Institute, and oversaw the acquisition of independent and arthouse product for that net until its purchase by Rainbow Media in 2008. Beginning in 2004, Duda added distribution responsibilities to his duties and was responsible for the sales of Showtime-owned programming in the international marketplace, as well as the domestic ancillary markets of TV and homevideo.

“I am grateful to have had the experience of working with amazing people at an incredible company for over half of my life, and I am now looking forward to the next chapters in my life’s journey,” said Duda.

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