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Robert Greenblatt

Robert Greenblatt

President, Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Back to About Showtime

ROBERT GREENBLATT, an award-winning producer, is President of Entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc. where he is responsible for programming development, scheduling, and acquisitions across all Showtime channels.

He joined Showtime in 2003 and quickly launched two dramas that began to establish a new "premium" brand for the network: THE L WORD, which is currently in its fifth season, and HUFF, which garnered 10 Emmy nominations and two back-to-back wins for Blythe Danner. In 2005, Showtime embarked on a dramatic two-year turnaround that resulted in Showtime being named "Network of the Year" by USA TODAY in 2007. The network has established one of the richest original programming lineups on television, including series such as WEEDS, DEXTER, CALIFORNICATION, BROTHERHOOD, THE TUDORS, and THIS AMERICAN LIFE, as well as two editions of the acclaimed mini-series SLEEPER CELL.

WEEDS, about a suburban soccer mom who sells pot, has consistently been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes and Mary-Louise Parker won the 2006 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series. DEXTER, the odyssey of a sympathetic serial killer starring the mesmerizing and Golden Globe-nominated Michael C. Hall, is one of the network's most celebrated shows and was named on countless critics' "Best of the Year" lists and awarded the American Film Institute's highest TV honor the last two years in a row. The complex family drama BROTHERHOOD was called a "Masterpiece" by the Associated Press and won the coveted Peabody Award in 2006.

THE TUDORS, an epic retelling of the saga of Henry VIII starring Golden Globe-nominated Jonathan Rhys Meyers, made a splash that would impress Henry himself and was nominated for the 2008 Best Television Drama Series Golden Globe. Showtime's newest hit, CALIFORNICATION, was nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe as Best Television Comedy Series, while star David Duchovny won that honor (Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series) for his nuanced performance as a novelist going through a dry spell and a romantic tail spin.

And in addition to scripted comedies and dramas, Showtime has a slate of reality and documentary series that also garners attention. Over the course of five seasons, PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! has established itself as a signature show for the network. It was awarded a Writers Guild Award and has been nominated for numerous Emmys. And new to the 2007 line-up was the television adaptation of Ira Glass' iconic NPR series THIS AMERICAN LIFE, which recently won the International Documentary Association Award. The second season premieres in May, 2008.

As an exciting new addition to the slate for 2008, Showtime is proud to welcome Tracey Ullman to the fold in a unique sketch comedy show called TRACEY ULLMAN'S STATE OF THE UNION. It features Tracey playing a myriad of characters and taking a hard and funny look at a cross section of life in America today.

Prior to Showtime, Robert Greenblatt had a distinguished career both as a network executive and a producer. He and David Janollari formed The Greenblatt Janollari Studio in 1997. They produced eleven series on a variety of networks and were nominated six times for the Emmy. The most noteworthy of these shows was HBO's SIX FEET UNDER, which won the 2002 Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series. For three consecutive years it was also nominated for the Best Drama Series Emmy, and in addition to its multiple Golden Globes and Emmys, it also won the 2003 Producers Guild Award, three GLAAD Media Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the Monte Carlo Television Festival's highest honor.

In 2005, Greenblatt Janollari executive produced a four-hour CBS mini-series based on the life of Elvis Presley (ELVIS) which earned 5 Emmy nominations, including Best Mini-Series, and 3 Golden Globe nominations. It won the International Satellite Award, and star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was awarded the Golden Globe for his outstanding performance as the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Greenblatt is proud to also have been nominated in 2004 for the Best Mini-Series Emmy and the 2005 Best Television Movie or Mini-Series Golden Globe for executive producing Gregory Nava's Latino family drama AMERICAN FAMILY which starred Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Raquel Welch and Rita Moreno.

Prior to the formation of The Greenblatt Janollari Studio, Greenblatt was Executive Vice President of Prime Time Programming for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Having been with the network almost from its inception, he supervised the development and production of such hit shows as THE X-FILES, ALLY McBEAL, PARTY OF FIVE, KING OF THE HILL, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and MELROSE PLACE. He also developed the pilots for several series that became signature shows on other networks, including THE SOPRANOS (HBO), DAWSON'S CREEK (WB), and FARSCAPE (Sci Fi).

Greenblatt also is one of the producers of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, a Broadway musical that won 5 Tony Awards in 2006 as well as Best Musical awards from The New York Drama Critics' Circle and The Drama Desk. And he is producing a Broadway-bound musical based on the iconic film 9 to 5, with a score by Dolly Parton.

He studied theatre management at the University of Illinois, earning a BFA degree, followed by a MA in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin/Madison School of Business. He also is a MFA graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinema-Television.


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