Actor Caught in the Middle of HBO-Showtime Power Struggle?

Dec 5, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A well-known actor who has been involved in deals with both HBO and Showtime is finding out it’s not easy to serve two masters when they’re competitors in the pay-cable space.

After Liev Schreiber signed on for a Showtime pilot, rival pay-TV service HBO scaled back the actor’s role as the voice of HBO Sports, reports Deadline.com.

HBO has opted not to renew its overall deal with Schreiber, who was responsible for narrating almost all of HBO’s sports documentaries, the "24/7" reality show and the NFL reality program "Hard Knocks," the story says. HBO isn’t totally ending its relationship with the actor, however, as he’s set to work on "24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" and may do another project in January, the piece adds.

HBO is looking to add a variety of voices to its sports programs, instead of working with one actor, according to the article. Schreiber has narrated almost all of HBO Sports’ documentaries since 1995.

Schreiber was recently cast to star in Showtime’s pilot "Ray Donovan," and HBO’s decision came soon after that, the story says. Nevertheless, some inside HBO say the two events aren’t related, the article adds.


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