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Showtime Exec VP Melinda Benedek to Retire After 22 Years

Melinda Benedek, Showtime Networks’ executive vice president of business affairs and production, will retire from the company after 22 years at the end of this year, Variety has learned.

“Melinda has touched so much of what we do at Showtime for so long, it’s difficult to imagine our team without her,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc. “I have long valued her sharp mind, her integrity and her cool under pressure. We applaud her decision to begin this exciting next chapter of her life. As sad as we are to see her go, we are thrilled for her personally.”

Benedek has managed the company’s business affairs and production teams, responsible for negotiating and managing the business and legal aspects of the development and physical production of all Showtime original productions and licensed original programming.

“I have loved being a part of Showtime’s evolution and growth over the last 22 years – my title has been the same, but my job continuously changed as we developed and executed different programming strategies for the network,” Benedek said. “However, the time has come to explore some of the other lives I have wanted to live, and relocate for part of each year to Europe where I grew up.”

Prior to joining Showtime in 1995, Benedek spent four years as head of business affairs of the feature film division of Twentieth Century Fox. Immediately before that, she was executive vice president of Imagine Entertainment, which she had joined at its inception, under the leadership of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Prior to those two industry positions, Benedek was a partner at Pollock, Bloom and Dekom and an associate at Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, where she began her legal career. Benedek, who earned her J.D. from the Columbia School of Law, also has degrees from University of Paris and Oxford University, and is fluent or conversant in five languages. She is a member of the California Bar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Women in Film.

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