U.S. premium cable net Showtime has appointed former CNN Films exec Vinnie Malhotra (pictured) to the newly created post of senior VP of documentaries, unscripted and sports programming.
Reporting to programming president Gary Levine, Malhotra is charged with further developing and producing the network’s original unscripted and documentary slate, as well as future theatrical documentary releases. He will be based out of Showtime’s Los Angeles offices.
Malhotra will also work closely with Stephen Espinoza, executive VP and GM of sports and event programming, to build Showtime’s unscripted and documentary sports slate.
The exec joined CNN Worldwide in 2012 as senior VP of development and acquisitions, charged with leading development and coproduction opportunities for CNN’s platforms while spearheading the launch of CNN Films.
Malhotra also assisted in the acquisition, coproduction and commissioning of more than two dozen films broadcast across CNN and distributed via its digital platforms, including Blackfish, Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger and Fresh Dressed. Additionally, Malhotra was responsible for developing and producing CNN’s original programming slate, which includes Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man and High Profits.
The appointment follows Showtime’s recent push into the unscripted and documentary space. The network recently submitted Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon, Amy Berg‘s Prophet’s Prey, and Kim Longinotto‘s Dreamcatcher for consideration in the feature-length documentary category at the 88th Academy Awards.
“We are proud that Showtime has become a competitive player in the documentary world and a creative haven for award-winning filmmakers,” said Gary Levine in a statement.”Vinnie is joining our amazing team at an exciting time. We are thrilled to have an executive of his caliber taking our ambitious documentary and docu-series slate to the next level.”