Showtime Networks said it has promoted Julia Veale to executive vice president, business, product development and management, citing her leadership in the rollouts of the Showtime streaming service and the Showtime Anytime authenticated viewing platform. The former senior vice president continues to report to Tom Christie, Showtime's recently promoted chief operating officer, and to be responsible for product strategy, development and management for Showtime subscription services across distribution platforms, technologies and devices. Before her work with the in-house product team on the streaming and TV-everywhere rollouts, Veale was a key player in the development of SNI on-demand services, HD multiplex channels and interactive TV. She also was an important part of negotiations with Internet partners on the standalone streaming service and with the Smithsonian Institution on creating Showtime Networks.
“Julia’s unique combination of talents, which blend long-term strategic vision with an uncompromising attention to detail, has helped guide the company’s business and product development efforts for over a decade,” Christie said in a release. “Under Julia’s leadership, Showtime has demonstrated a near flawless introduction of products starting from subscription video on demand many years ago, to the Showtime Anytime TV Everywhere launch, and of course most recently the Showtime stand-alone streaming service on key internet platforms.”