Since Gary Levine joined the network as head of original programming in 2001, Showtime has been transformed into a major series player with provocative, distinctive and acclaimed series that include Homeland, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Episodes, The L Word, The Tudors, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Penny Dreadful, Californication and Dexter. In addition to his series work, Levine has overseen the network’s original movies and documentaries including this season’s Academy Award® contenders Listen To Me Marlon, Prophet’s Prey, and the Emmy® Award-winning environmental docu-series Years of Living Dangerously.
Prior to joining Showtime Networks, Levine served as President of Icebox, a pioneering Internet entertainment company, where he produced 30 flash-animated web series created by “A-list” writers from TV and film. Previously, Levine headed development at Warner Brothers Television, Witt-Thomas Productions and ABC (drama), resulting in several memorable primetime series including The West Wing, Blossom, and the inimitable Twin Peaks (which is now being revived as a limited series at Showtime).
Levine began his professional career in theatre and was a producer with New York’s Roundabout Theatre, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and served for five years as the Managing Director of the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival.
This year, Levine was honored by the Los Angeles Leadership Academy for his dedication to their unique, inner city educational programs. He is a long-time board member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival and is also a member of the Harpur College Advocacy Council at his alma mater, Binghamton University. A practicing lay cantor, Levine lives in Santa Monica with his wife Maxine, and has two daughters.