An Emmy-winning CNN executive is moving to Showtime to oversee development and production of the premium cable channel’s original unscripted and documentary content. Deadline.com reports that Vinnie Malhotra is moving into the newly created position of senior VP of documentaries, unscripted and sports programming at Showtime.
As senior VP of Development and Acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, Malhotra oversaw the launches of documentaries and original series at CNN Films. At Showtime, he will also oversee theatrical documentaries.
“Malhotra will work with Stephen Espinoza, EVP and GM of Sports and Event Programming, on the network’s unscripted and documentary sports programming, and will report to Showtime Networks President of Programming Gary Levine,” Deadline reports, adding: “The hire underscores Showtime’s commitment to nonfiction and documentary programming: Showtime this year has been noticeably behind its docus ‘Listen to Me Marlon,’ ‘Prophet’s Play’ and ‘Dreamcatcher’ this Oscar season, with the Brando pic already securing noms from the Gothams and IDAs. ‘The Spymasters,’ which features in-depth interviews with all 12 living CIA directors, premieres November 28.”
Malhotra is also a former producer for ABC News.