Christie has been with the CBS Corp. pay cabler for more than 25 years. He most recent served as president of distribution, business development and network operations. In his new role he will be a top lieutenant to Showtime Networks president-CEO David Nevins, who was formally upped to the CEO post in January.
“Tom is an executive of the highest caliber and is one of our key strategic leaders,” Nevins said. “He is central to driving our long term growth as we continue to expand onto new platforms.”
Christie has been instrumental in leading Showtime into the new world of broadband-only streaming. That rollout has been a tricky task that required balancing long-held relationships with traditional MVPDs with new partnerships with digital distributors including Apple, Amazon, Hulu, Roku and Sony PlayStation Vue.
Showtime has yet to release subscriber rates for the Showtime stand-alone streaming offering, which bowed in July, but it has asserted that the service has more than doubled its sub base since the fall.
Showtime also is in the midst of an extensive international expansion, setting deals in Europe and Australia to grow the reach of the Showtime brand beyond program licensing pacts.
As COO, Christie leads Showtime’s distribution, sales, affiliate marketing, network operations and new business development teams. He will also oversee strategy and planning for new business ventures.