Showtime Entertainment Co-President Gary Levine and Future) Jana Winograde,It has been identified.
Chris McCarthy , who has added oversight following the departure of David Nevins last year, Showtime sent a memo to employees on Monday revealing that Levine, a two-year network veteran, will continue in his new role as senior creative consultant, while Winograd, a six-year network executive, will (Winograde) will leave the company this weekend. The executive reshuffle involves additional layoffs.
It is unclear whether Levine signed a new contract as part of a major change in his role. He will now report directly to McCarthy.
McCarthy adds Showtime oversight to his portfolio months after Nevins left Paramount Global The remit also includes Paramount Network, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, CMT and other linear networks.
“With the integration of Showtime across the company, many of the current functions that Jana oversees including business affairs, production, operations, and casting are centralized, and as such, Jana will be leaving,” McCarthy explained in a memo to staff. (Read it in full below.)
In her own note to staff, Winograde praised McCarthy’s predecessor for expanding her role from business to creative. “Perhaps the most exciting thing is that David Nevins and Showtime have given me the opportunity to spread my wings. As President of Entertainment, I have transformed from a corporate executive curious about the creative process to one fully involved in groundbreaking, bold shows. The people who developed and produced it,” she wrote. (Read her full memo below.)
McCarthy noted that the idea for the role change came from Levine. “He’s ready to use his powerful creativity in a more focused way,” McCarthy said, noting Levine’s impressive scripted series track record, which includes Dexter, Billions, The Chi, Shameless, Yellowjackets and many others.
Since McCarthy took over, the exec has overhauled Showtime’s roster of original scripts while he pivoted the premium cable network to Rebranded to “Paramount+ With Showtime” to match the streamer’s premium tier. As part of the show’s overhaul, McCarthy focused on complex characters, powerful worlds and Metro culture. He favors the franchise strategy which has been established in Yellowstone and announced multiple Dexter branches and four billions spinoffs while dumping expensive drama Ripley and three women (saved by Netflix and Starz respectively). Speaking of subway culture, McCarthy saves the Neil Patrick Harris comedy Uncoupled after Netflix canceled. The series is produced in-house by MTV Studios (which McCarthy also oversees), one of Paramount Global most respected companies Filmmaker, Darren Star.
For her part, Winograde joins Showtime 1235283199 as President of West Coast Business Operations after 20 years at ABC. After Nevins was promoted to chief creative officer, she was promoted to co-president of entertainment with Levine time.
Here is the full memo from McCarthy to employees:
I would like to provide you with the latest information about our company- SHOWTIME’s Entertainment Presidents Gary Levine and Jana Winograde.
Gary found me for overseeing all of SHOWTIME’s original programming over Afterwards, he is ready to use his powerful creativity in a more focused way. I’m delighted to announce that Gary will report to me as SHOWTIME’s Senior Creative Consultant. Gary has been a creative force at SHOWTIME for nearly two decades, helping to birth and sustain the quality of some of the most iconic television series including DEXTER, BILLIONS, THE CHI, HOMELAND, THE L WORD, NURSE JACKIE, CALIFORNICATION, SHAMELESS, WEEDS, YELLOWJACKETS, YOUR HONOR and many others, that’s why I’m so glad he’ll be here for the next chapter of SHOWTIME.
Gary has many interests, including his interest in A love of theater and his part-time job as cantor at a synagogue. His office displays a small but clearly valuable collection—including a shovel from his former ABC colleague emblazoned with one of Gary’s famous quotes, “Let’s dig.” Anyone who’s ever worked with Gary will tell you that he’s very personable — but he wants to cut to the chase and “dig deep” when it comes to work. I’m delighted that he’s now able to delve into several important shows and franchises in a more focused manner while continuing to advise me and the leaders of Showtime.
Gary may have contributed more to SHOWTIME than ever in the history of the web anyone. He left an undeniable mark, and I’m thrilled to have him here as we create the next generation of programming.
With the integration of SHOWTIME across the company, many of the functions Jana is currently responsible for, including commercial, production, operations, and casting, have been centralized, and Jana will be leaving as a result.
During the six years here, Jana has been Is a passionate supporter of SHOWTIME. Her talented and steady leadership has helped grow the business and our partnerships with the creative community. Along with Gary and the creative team, Jana has been instrumental in the launch of many of our most successful titles, including recent critically acclaimed series, DEXTER: NEW BLOOD, YELLOWJACKETS and YOUR HONOR.
Not only is Jana the dexterous butler of the SHOWTIME brand, she The strategic acumen has also boosted the network domestically and around the world. Perhaps most importantly, how much Jana has dedicated to the SHOWTIME family, mentoring junior staff and maintaining an open door policy for colleagues at all levels is evident. Without a doubt, she has been a support and inspiration to everyone at SHOWTIME.
On a personal level, I especially appreciate Jana’s thoughtful and warm partnership over the past few months. Jana has played a key role in positioning SHOWTIME as a brand, studio and streaming service to continue to thrive.
I will provide an update about the new soon, A unified leadership structure for our organization. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Gary on her new role, thanking Jana for her many contributions, and wishing her continued success in the years to come.
Here is a note from Winograde to the staff:
As most of you know, in this exciting After an amazing six years, I’m leaving Showtime. It’s hard to imagine feeling the same when I come to Showtime after years on ABC 2017 Commitment, passion and belonging to another company. But the contagious culture of collaboration, hard work, and sparking creativity, combined with the opportunity to play a key role in transforming our business model, made my years at Showtime some of the best of my career.
Perhaps the most exciting is David Nevin The chances given to me by Sidney and Showtime spread my creative wings. As President of Entertainment, I’ve transformed from a corporate executive curious about the creative process to someone fully involved in the development and production of groundbreaking, bold shows. I couldn’t have picked a better partner than Gary Levine, working with him and our entire creative team has been a master class in quality content. Showtime’s commitment to the highest level of excellence is unparalleled, and the company’s unique culture encourages us to take risks, whether it’s with new voices, bold visionaries or diverse storytelling. As a business, we’re successful, we create groundbreaking entertainment, and we have fun!
I know when I look back on my years on Showtime I will always be proud of the stories we tell and the way we tell them, and I will be grateful to everyone from whom I have learned so much. But, most of all, I’m grateful to work with the incredible people who created the game-changing Showtime. You are not only the best team in the business, you are the best people.