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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks David Nevins Says He's Leaving the Company - Is the Dexter Spinoff In Danger?

David Nevins joined Showtime back in 2010.

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Showtime head, chief creative officer for Paramount+ scripted originals and chairman and CEO of Paramount Premium Group David Nevins will depart the company later this year, he told staff in a memo earlier today. The announcement came just six weeks after he revealed that he's actively working on a Dexter spinoff. Is this bad news for the future of the Dexter franchise?

On August 25th, during the Edinburgh TV Festival, Nevins talked about the streaming services, the competition between the streaming giants, and the future of the Dexter, after Dexter: New Blood, which called a rebirth of the franchise: "There are a lot of things that I am working on. I don’t want to mention things until they are ready. There are a lot of things. What is the future the Dexter franchise? I am actively working on that." 

On a completely different tone during today's announcement, Nevins suggested that "over the past several months I've come to the conclusion that I am ready for the next phase of my life and my career”. So, what changed over the course of the last six weeks? Who knows. 

Does Nevins departure means the Dexter spinoff is never going to happen? The answer is no. Showtime wants the keep the franchise alive no matter what, with or without David Nevins.

Read below Nevins' full memo about his departure from Paramount Global:

"Dear Team,

I am writing this morning, so you hear the news from me that I’ve made the decision that the time is right for me to step down from my post atop the premium group at the end of the year.

The good news is that it’s not immediate and I’ll be helping to figure out the details of the transition.

I am tremendously grateful for the past 12 years and the varying positions I’ve held at this company. It has truly been one of the great joys of my life to get to do what I love to do with all of you. Together, we’ve accomplished an enormous amount. Year after year, we’ve managed to make and launch shows that defined the zeitgeist, that excited, delighted, and moved our audiences, and that received adulation and awards from our peers.

Love of good storytelling, being excellent, showing up and being passionate about what you do, that is what all of you have brought to the table day in and day out. When I spent a year abroad in Glasgow during college, I studied film for the first time and the kids there truly could only dream of being able to tell stories on such a grand scale to a world-wide audience. I realized the great privilege of being American was that after graduating I could take my grandmother’s old Buick, drive to LA and give the dream a shot — no green card required. And you all have helped make that dream a reality.

Most of all, I’m so proud of the team we’ve put together. To those of you who predate my arrival, to those of you who have joined in the past decade and to those of you who I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with only since the merger: thank you. We’ve built a culture of integrity, respect, collaboration, and risk-taking creativity. Together we’ve transformed our entire business model over the past few years. And we’ve been able to attract some of the most talented creative people on the planet to come work with us.

I am also immensely thankful for the support of Bob and Shari as well as my colleagues on Bob’s leadership team. Their personal commitment to the success of this company and the achievement of our individual goals are what you can only hope for from your leadership.

So why now? Quite simply, over the past several months I’ve come to the conclusion that I am ready for the next phase of my life and my career. The industry is transforming rapidly, and I am genuinely excited about what the future holds. Most importantly, the leadership team led by Jana Winograde, Gary Levine, Scott Mills and Nicole Clemens are more than ready. The 2023 slate is set, and I believe the coming year’s schedules from Showtime, BET, and Paramount Television Studios are going to be the most ambitious and exciting group of shows we’ve ever put out in a single year. I can’t wait to watch it happen.

Know that I will be here during this transition to support each of you to the best of my ability. I very much look forward to our continued relationships because at root that’s what’s best about working in this industry: the relationships we build with each other. That and the sheer joy of serving our audiences with stories that glue them to their screens.

Thanks to all of you.


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