A top executive at Showtime has died, with the pay-cable channel announcing the death of Gary Garfinkel in a statement. Garfinkel was co-head of content acquisition for Showtime Networks.
He died from an illness early this morning, Showtime said. Garfinkel, 55, reportedly died at his home, surrounded by his family.
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., said in the statement: “Gary was one of the most warm and welcoming people I’ve known, and was beloved by everyone who worked with him at Showtime over the past 25 years. He was a great warrior and advocate for our company and worked hard to bring the best content to our service. In particular, many stand-up comedians credit Gary for giving them the early exposure that made their careers. He played a key role in cementing Showtime as a major premium network, and all of us who worked with him valued his taste, his counsel and his integrity. We will miss him terribly.”