David Nevins
Title: President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks
Number of Years in Cable: 3-plus
Education: BA, Amherst College
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Avoid being predictable.

Why Him? The edge-of-your-seat “Homeland” would be enough to earn Nevins a spot in our upper echelon, but this creative exec brings so much more than the espionage series to Showtime. Nevins, who joined Showtime in summer 2010, hit the ground running by developing, acquiring and supervising all aspects of the network’s programming, and the results have been impressive. In addition to the critically acclaimed series about terrorism in the Homeland, Nevins has overseen “The Big C,” “Shameless,” “Episodes,” “The Borgias,” and “House of Lies.” Under his leadership, Showtime has become the first stop for some of the industry’s most creative talent.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones: The Who

The hobby I’ve been itching to try but haven’t found the time: Sculpture

Film fest or music festival: Film festival – I can easily watch six films a day.

Favorite decade: Two – the ’20s and the ’60s

Favorite airport: Kai Tak (the old Hong Kong airport) for fun, scary landings

I watch the majority of programming on this device: Samsung TV and iPad 3

Celebrity, sports figure or politician I’d most want to have dinner with: Phil Jackson ?

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