Showtime Taps CNN Films’ Vinnie Malhotra for New Role

Furthering its commitment to documentaries and unscripted content, Showtime has tapped Emmy and Peabody-winning exec Vinnie Malhotra for the newly created role of senior VP, documentaries, unscripted and sports programming.

Under the deal, Malhotra will report to Gary Levine, Showtime Networks Inc’s president of programming and the one who made the announcement. Malhotra will work closely with Stephen Espinoza, exec VP and general manager of sports and event programming, on the network’s unscripted and documentary sports programming. He will oversee the development and production of the network’s growing slate of original unscripted and documentary programming, as well as all future documentary theatrical releases.

“We are proud that Showtime has become a competitive player in the documentary world and a creative haven for award-winning filmmakers,” said Levine. “Vinnie is joining our amazing team at an exciting time. We are thrilled to have an executive of his caliber taking our ambitious documentary and docu-series slate to the next level.”

Malhotra hails from CNN, which he joined in 2012 and where he served as senior vice president for development and acquisitions at CNN Worldwide. He created and spearheaded the launch of CNN Films. Overseeing the day-to-day work of that production unit, he helped with the acquisition, co-production or commission of more than two dozen films for broadcast on CNN and distribution via its digital platforms. Malhotra also handled the development and production of CNN original series like “The Sixties” and “The Seventies” from Playtone and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Showtime continues to expand its documentary slate, this year making a play for Academy Awards with the films “Listen to Me Marlon,” “Prophet’s Prey” and “The Dreamcatcher.” The documentary “The Spymasters” premieres on Nov. 28 and features in-depth interviews with all 12 living CIA directors and offers unprecedented access to the inner-workings of America’s most powerful spy agency.

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