Gary Levine serves as President of Entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc. He is responsible for developing and supervising all aspects of Showtime Networks programming across all genres, including comedy, drama, unscripted, documentaries and films. He works closely on the company’s production, program operations, business affairs, casting, scheduling, research and home entertainment, and serve as liaisons to CBS Corporation’s international and domestic distribution groups. Levine also oversees programming related matters with the network’s marketing, creative, digital media, acquisitions and entertainment communications departments.
Since Levine joined the network as head of original programming in 2001, SHOWTIME has been transformed into a major series player with provocative, distinctive and acclaimed series that include ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, KIDDING, BLACK MONDAY, WHO IS AMERICA?, Billions, PATRICK MELROSE, THE CHI, SMILF, TWIN PEAKS, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Episodes, The L Word, The Tudors, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Penny Dreadful, Californication, Dexter and the upcoming CITY ON A HILL and THE LOUDEST VOICE. In addition to his series work, Levine has overseen the network’s original movies and documentaries including Academy Award® contenders RISK, WEINER, ZERO DAYS, ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, LISTEN TO ME MARLON, WHITNEY. CAN I BE ME, PROPHET’S PREY, and the non-fiction series, THE CIRCUS, the Emmy® nominated docu-series THE FOURTH ESTATE, and the Emmy Award-winning environmental docu-series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY.
Prior to joining Showtime Networks, Levine served as President of Icebox, a pioneering Internet entertainment company, where he produced 30 flash-animated web series created by “A-list” writers from TV and film. Previously, Levine headed development at Warner Brothers Television, Witt-Thomas Productions and ABC (drama), resulting in several memorable primetime series including The West Wing, Blossom, and the inimitable Twin Peaks.
Levine began his professional career in theatre and was a producer with New York’s Roundabout Theatre, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and served for five years as the Managing Director of the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival.
In 2015, Levine was honored by the Los Angeles Leadership Academy for his dedication to their unique, inner city educational programs. He is a long-time board member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival and is also a member of the Harpur College Advocacy Council at his alma mater, Binghamton University. A practicing lay cantor, Levine lives in Santa Monica with his wife Maxine, and has two daughters. Levine is based in the SHOWTIME West Coast offices in West Hollywood.