Years in Cable: 7
Education: Amherst College
One Word that Best Describes Me: Curiosity
With a compelling current lineup—including its highest-rated new series “Billions”—and strong overseas sales of its original programming, Showtime this year stacked up to be a property Bobby Axelrod would want a piece of. Blank, who’s been at the net since 1988, is adept at fostering strong relationships with current distribution partners and forging new alliances. And with Nevins at the wheel, digital growth continues to be a big Showtime story; its streaming service this past year grew to more than one million subscribers with launches on platforms including Amazon Channels and Samsung Smart TVs, and in a host of international markets. Nevins also amplified the programming surrounding the 2016 presidential election this year by creating “The Circus,” and greenlit the hit Stephen Colbert live election night special.
What inspires you most about this industry? The opportunity to work with the greatest storytellers on earth.
The best thing about fast broadband is… The ability to binge your favorite Showtime series.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Intensity, leadership and a curious intelligence.
Which TV family is most like your own? The Bluths.
If President Trump tweeted about you, he would say… I love “The Circus” and I love “Billions,” keep up the good work. Not sad!
What product or service could you not live without? My iPad.
How long is your morning commute? 18 minutes.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? Pink Panther.
What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? Very rosy.
Last show I watched not on my networks: Rewatching “Mad Men.”
Favorite podcast: The Slate podcast The Moment hosted by Brian Koppelman.