You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Duda due for added duty in Showtime distribution

Exec to take on responsibilities after Keramidas departs

NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo.

Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as of Feb. 1.

Keramidas negotiated the deal with Sony Pictures Classics for the theatrical release of the Showtime-financed “Getting’ the Man’s Foot Outta Your Baadasssss!” at next week’s Sundance Film Festival.

Keramidas also engineered the deal with Showtime’s sister company Blockbuster for video distribution of Showtime originals through 2006.

Duda’s new role will become important, said Bob Greenblatt, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, because Showtime plans to greenlight as many as eight independent movies over the next year, under the umbrella title Showtime Independent Films.

Duda will try to find theatrical distributors for all of these indie movies, whose average budget will come in at about $1 million, which is about one-sixth the cost of an original movie commissioned by Showtime for a world premiere on the network.

“We want to expand into all of the ancillary markets that we can,” said Greenblatt. These markets, he added, could end up funneling tens of millions of dollars a year to the company.

Duda is the right man for the job, Greenblatt said, because, during his 20-year career at Showtime he has negotiated many of the theatrical-output deals, including those of Paramount, MGM and Dimension Films. He also buys the independent movies and library product to fill all of Showtime’s multiplex networks.

More TV

  • Good Girls review

    TV Review: 'Good Girls' on NBC

    NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo. Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as […]

  • Anna Deavere Smith Notes from the

    Anna Deavere Smith Depicts the ‘Disturbing’ Injustice of the School-to-Prison Pipeline in ‘Notes From the Field’

    NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo. Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as […]

  • TV Ratings: Winter Olympics Slide Week-to-Week

    TV Ratings: Winter Olympics Slide Week-to-Week on Thursday

    NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo. Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as […]

  • CNN Town Hall: Jake Tapper Discusses

    Inside CNN's Gut-Wrenching Florida Town Hall: How Jake Tapper Tackled His 'Toughest' Assignment

    NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo. Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as […]

  • Raphael Saadiq

    Raphael Saadiq on His Oscar-Nominated ‘Mudbound’ Song, Working With Mary J. Blige, and Declining Prince's Record Deal

    NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo. Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as […]

  • At NBC Sports, the 'Highlights Factory'

    At NBC Sports, the 'Highlights Factory' Takes Olympics to New Screens

    NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo. Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as […]

  • BBC Outlines Plan to Become ‘The

    BBC Outlines Plan to Become ‘The Best Place for Women to Work’

    NEW YORK — Showtime has given Matthew Duda, executive VP of program acquisitions and planning, the additional job of distributing the network’s shows in foreign and domestic distribution, covering both TV and homevideo. Duda takes over these distribution duties from Peter Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime executive VP of programming, who will leave the company as […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content