Matthew C. Blank
Years in Cable: 40
Education: University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School
of Business; Baruch College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Persistent
Title: President & CEO, Showtime Networks
Years in Cable: 6
Education: Amherst College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Relentless
Elevated to his post last year Nevins’ works relentlessly to achieve the widest possible audience for Showtime, across platforms and markets. Under his leadership, the network has grown its international reach through deals with Bell Media and Sky Atlantic, and the content keeps flowing, including recent hit “Billions,” upcoming return of “Twin Peaks,” Cameron Crowe’s “Roadies” and election insider “The Circus.” Guiding these efforts is Blank’s clear vision of the brand. He continues to act as liaison between Showtime and CBS, finding ways to expand Showtime, keeping it as one of the most innovative networks in the industry.
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Showtime Over-The-Top
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? Slow by steady change
Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Better Call Saul”
My first job: Marketing trainee, Philip Morris companies
Favorite charity event you work with: Harlem Children’s Zone’s Friend of the Children dinner
“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… Dressing on the side
My favorite hashtag is: #Homeland
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Movie and dinner
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Drone
I watch the majority of programming on this device: iPad and smart TV
My personal theme song is: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
Favorite vacation spot: Amalfi Coast
My Starbucks order: Grande nonfat cappuccino and a breakfast bun
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Showtime and HBO streaming services
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? One way or another, it’s coming.
Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Man Seeking Woman”
My first job: Telephone sales for Time-Life Books
Favorite charity you work with: Saban Free Clinic. Free medical clinic in Los Angeles.
If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called… “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth”
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Eating and drinking with family and friends
My cable industry mentor and why: Matt Blank. I came late to the party and Matt knows everyone…
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Love the Hoverboard. I was an early adopter.