Showtime’s Amy Israel has lined up her next gig and it’s with a familiar face.
Israel has been hired as president of television for the Peter Chernin-led content studio North Road. She will report to North Road CEO David Nevins, her former boss when the duo both worked together at Showtime.
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In her new role, Showtime’s former head of scripted programming will expand North Road’s TV slate and oversee all aspects of scripted TV development and production for the company’s global portfolio. At North Road, Israel joins Chernin Entertainment president Jenno Topping; Red Arrow Studios founder and North Road president Jan Frouman; Connor Schell, who heads Words + Pictures; Kinetic Content CEO Chris Coelen; and North Road CFO Darian Singer, as well as Nevins, who joined in July after his own long run at Showtime/Paramount.
“Amy is among the best in the business, the driving force behind a long list of the most impactful shows in our time,” Nevins said in a statement Friday announcing the hiring. “I know first-hand the value of her unique combination of creative leadership and producorial drive, and I am fully confident she will make a fantastic addition to North Road’s leadership and the ongoing expansion of our industry-leading content portfolio.”
Israel stepped down from her role at Showtime in September after more than a decade with the Paramount Global-backed premium cable network for whom she developed hits including Billions, Yellowjackets, The Curse and Fellow Travelers. At the time, Israel became the latest high-ranking Showtime executive to depart after the cabler was folded under Chris McCarthy’s MTV Entertainment Studios purview. McCarthy installed top lieutenants Nina L. Diaz and Keith Cox to oversee Showtime. That prompted the exits of co-presidents of entertainment Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, though the former remains involved at the network in an advisory role.
“It’s a thrill to join Peter, David, Jenno and the rest of the stellar executive team at North Road,” said Israel. “As the industry continues to evolve, I remain passionate in my advocacy for artists and protecting their visions. I cannot wait to bring even more extraordinary storytellers, both established and emerging, into the North Road fold, leveraging both its artist-friendly model and the unique resources it offers creative partners to create world-class television.”
North Road is an independent studio, which formally launched a year ago and includes unscripted content from Kinetic Content (Love Is Blind), Left Right Productions (The Circus) and 44 Blue (Wahlburgers), along with an international division focused on global acquisitions and co-productions. The company has more than 85 productions in the works, including Apple’s Chief of War and documentaries about Barry Bonds and the New York Yankees, among others.
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