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Showtime's Frank Pintauro Dies, 61

Showtime Networks executive Frank Pintauro died on Sunday, Oct. 6, succumbing to a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

Pintauro served as executive vice president of Red Group, the network's in-house ad agency, and as co-head of Showtime's marketing and creative services department.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, and sons David and Tony.

Pintauro was instrumental in developing the premium network's award-winning branding campaigns, and responsible for overseeing its creative for on-air, editorial production, marketing promotion and graphics, animation, digital content and print platforms.

Under his leadership, the Red Group in 2011 was named In-House Creative Team of the Year by PromaxBDA. Previously, as a member of the network's programming department, he was charged with finding properties and programming concepts suitable for development, and was a key player in the development of the Company's family films and the success of "Showtime Original Pictures."

Prior to joining Showtime in 1989, he held key positions at NBC Entertainment, ABC News and Hal Riney & Partners.

"The success of Showtime is due in large part to Frank's contributions over the past 20 years," said Matthew Blank, chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks. "He was a brilliant creative executive with an amazing work ethic and great integrity. All of us who worked closely with him came to appreciate his fairly simple life view. He cared deeply about his family first, and then the network and those who worked with him. Our hearts go out to the entire Pintauro family."

A funeral mass will be held at St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church in Sag Harbor, N.Y., on Friday, Oct. 12, and interment will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Memorial Sloane Kettering in Pintauro’s honor at the following link: