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Showtime taps Gurney for programming post

Hire reunites Nevins with former Imagine exec

Showtime programming chief David Nevins has tapped an executive he used to work with at Imagine Television for a new post at the premium cabler.

Robin Gurney has been hired as senior VP original programming, Showtime announced Monday. She was executive VP of development and production at Imagine, where Nevins was president until he left in mid-2010.

“Her passion, her talent, her instincts and her experience make her a magnet for great writing and a perfect addition to the outstanding creative executives that I am so grateful to work with here at Showtime,” said Gary Levine, executive VP of programming, to whom she will report out of Showtime’s West Coast offices.

In Gurney’s seven years at Imagine, she oversaw series including “Friday Night Lights,” “Lie To Me” and “Shark.” Before joining Imagine, she did previous stints and production companies including Berlanti-Liddell and American Zoetrope.

Gurney replaces Pearlena Igbokwe, who is stepping down when her contract expires at the end of the month.

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