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Showtime Shakes Up Programming Division

Longtime Showtime Networks Inc. programming executive Peter Keramidas will exit the programmer Feb. 1 as part of a reorganization of the department.

Showtime also announced the promotion of veteran program-acquisitions executive Matthew Duda to executive vice president of acquisitions, overseeing the company's foreign- and domestic-distribution activities in television and home video.

Duda, a 20-year Showtime executive, will also be involved in the theatrical distribution of the company’s newly created Showtime Independent Films division.

Keramidas, a 10-year Showtime veteran, was network executive VP of programming and was involved in many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the programming department. He's leaving to "pursue other opportunities," according to Showtime officials.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.