MIPCOM to Showcase the International Premiere of Newest SHOWTIME® Series, “Billions”
PARIS – Sept. 14, 2015 – David Nevins, President of Showtime Networks Inc., and Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group, will give a joint keynote at MIPCOM 2015.
Nevins and Nuñez will discuss the expansion of the SHOWTIME brand internationally, including their groundbreaking deal with Bell Media in Canada and the rising demand for SHOWTIME’s premium content on multiple platforms around the world. They will also talk about how SHOWTIME continues to attract world-class talent, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as their highly anticipated upcoming series BILLIONS (starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis) and TWIN PEAKS (starring Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan).
As a complement to their joint keynote, CBS Studios International will be hosting the international premiere screening for the newest SHOWTIME series, BILLIONS, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Grand Auditorium.
As President of Showtime Networks, Nevins is responsible for developing, acquiring and supervising all aspects of programming for all SHOWTIME channels across all genres including comedy, drama, reality, specials, documentaries and films. Nevins also manages SHOWTIME Sports®, and the Company’s marketing, creative, digital media, scheduling, research, acquisitions, home entertainment, business affairs and corporate communications teams. Under his tenure, SHOWTIME – a subsidiary of the CBS Corporation – has launched 10 hit series, including the critically acclaimed originals HOMELAND, THE AFFAIR, RAY DONOVAN, HOUSE OF LIES, SHAMELESS, MASTERS OF SEX and PENNY DREADFUL. Nevins is an Emmy-winning producer who over the course of his career has been responsible for the development and production of a number of critically-acclaimed series including “Arrested Development,” “24,” “Parenthood,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Malcom In The Middle,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Will & Grace,” and “Friday Night Lights,” to name a few. Nevins will be elevated to President and Chief Executive Officer of Showtime Networks Inc. on Jan. 1, 2016.
Nuñez is CBS’s top international executive with responsibility for all of the corporation’s international and domestic distribution operations, including CBS Studios International. CBS Studios International distributes programming from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, SHOWTIME, CBS News and CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming in every genre. He is also in charge of creating and licensing international formats, as well as directing 13 offices worldwide and managing the company’s international channel ventures.
Starring Emmy and Golden Globe® winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, BILLIONS is a bold, contemporary drama that melds the worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically-connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. “Billions” is created, written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. The 12-episode series is scheduled to bow on SHOWTIME on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT in the U.S.
“I am delighted that David Nevins and Armando Nuñez will share their insight into what it takes to produce premium drama series for today’s market. And we are thrilled that CBS has decided to give the MIPCOM audience an early look at BILLIONS,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.
Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIPCOM 2015 will take place in Cannes, France from Oct. 5-8.
About CBS Studios International
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. The Studio participates in international channel ventures, currently comprised of 18 channels in 24 languages across over 100 territories, reaching more than 70 million households worldwide. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production around the world. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.
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