Robert Greenblatt is stepping down as entertainment president of broadcaster Showtime after seven years in the role overseeing such hits as Dexter, The Tudors and Weeds.
Robert Greenblatt is stepping down as entertainment president of broadcaster Showtime after seven years in the role. During his tenure as president of the cable broadcaster Showtime has seen its subscribers rise to18.1 million – thanks largely to slate of critically acclaimed dramas. Hits shows produced during her tenure, which helped to attract new viewers, include shows such as Queer as Folk, Dexter, Weeds, The Tudors – and its successor series The Borgias which is currently filming and will be shown next year.
An American version of the hit Channel Four drama Shameless is also in production at the moment; originally starting life out at HBO the remake moved to Showtime last year where a pilot and later a series was commissioned. It’ll star William H. Macy in the role of Frank Gallagher. Showtime also airs ITV2 drama series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which stars Billie Piper, and originally Greenblatt considered remaking the drama for an American audience. However, he later decided against this due to the quality of the British series. The success of these dramas has helped Showtime compete more successfully with its rival, HBO. Greenblatt will be replaced by David Nevins.