HBO sells Davidson on exec VP post

25-year vet returns after consulting stint

HOLLYWOOD — HBO has tapped Steve Davidson, a longtime sales exec at the pay cabler, as executive vice president of affiliate sales.

After 23 years at HBO, Davidson left the company in 2002 to co-found consulting firm Sports Media Group. He rejoins the network Feb. 2 and will report to cabler’s president of sales and marketing Eric Kessler.

“Steve was always a greatly respected part of the HBO team, and I’m excited he has agreed to return to the company,” Kessler said. “Because of his extensive experience in affiliate sales and long-term relationships with our distributors, Steve can hit the ground running with HBO enjoying a seamless transition.”

Gotham-based Davidson will manage HBO and Cinemax’s account-based sales activities in conjunction with the networks’ affiliate cable systems and satellite providers. He will also manage special market distribution nationwide.

“While I may have stepped away from my day-to-day responsibilities at HBO for a while, I continued to work closely with the company on a number of issues,” Davidson said. “It’s great to be coming back to the place I consider home, especially at a time of wonderful innovation at HBO and in the cable and satellite industries.”

Davidson joined the network in 1979 as a regional manager in the mid-east and was made regional director three years later. He has since served as VP of affiliate operations, general manager of HBO’s New York and Philadelphia offices and senior VP-general manager of affiliate operations.

During his two-year absence, he remained involved with HBO as a consultant.

Davidson is a founder and former president of the Philadelphia Cable Club and served on the board of directors of the Atlantic Cable Show.

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