The man with many names at Shari Redstone’s store is about to lose one and gain another. As reported by Deadline, CBS’s Chief Programming Officer and Showtime President Nevins is in talks to take on a prominent role supervising content for Paramount+.
From what I understand, the new job would be reorganised so that it would primarily concentrate on scripted content for the streaming service.
David Nevins in Talks to Oversee Paramount+ Scripted Content
A source close to the matter told Deadline that David’s triumphs at Showtime prove he has the chops to take Paramount+’s originals to where (Bob) Bakish and others want it to be in the next couple of years.
The other content types and channels on Paramount+ will be overseen by a secret group of executives. The new Paramount+ bench, complete with content czars for genres including sports and reality TV as well as others, will be introduced in the coming weeks.
Possible replacements for the YA/unscripted division are MTV Entertainment Group President Chris McCarthy and Kids & Family Entertainment President Brian Robbins.
At ViacomCBS, David Nevins now serves in a new capacity. The former Showtime head is now in charge of scripted originals at Paramount+.
While Nevins will continue to hold the Showtime title, he will no longer serve as CBS’s chief creative officer.
Nevins’ new position is part of a larger change in ViacomCBS’ streaming leadership structure, which is being overseen by Tom Ryan, the division’s chief executive. Earlier this month, Julie McNamara stepped down as head of originals at Paramount+, setting the stage for Wednesday’s reorganisation.
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Nevins argued that the societal shift brought on by #MetToo was far from over. Some people are pushing back against #MeToo by questioning who should be banned from society and who should be welcomed back.
In light of Russia’s continuing war in Ukraine, Nevins stated the show’s upcoming season will feature criticism on Russian oligarchs. Wealth and power corruption are important themes in this show.
Where do you draw the line when dealing with Russia’s oligarchs, who are worth billions?
You know, that seems to be a big story, like a big part of that show, and [it has] brilliant things to say about this, the Russian oligarchs in London.
Nevins also previewed an episode of the forthcoming “American Gigolo” series. Nevins addressed Paul Schrader’s lukewarm reaction to the re-boot, saying that Schrader didn’t know what the plans were for the series and that it wasn’t just a re-make of the 1980 film.