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David Dinkins Jr. named showtime producer for all boxing and MMA events
Wednesday September 5, 2007 8:04 PM PST
Showtime Networks Inc. Appoints Dinkins, Jr. To Oversee Production of All Sports Programming Telecasts
For Immediate Release
NEW YORK (Sept. 5, 2007) – Showtime Networks Inc. has hired long-time sports producer David Dinkins, Jr. to oversee production of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) telecasts for the premium television network, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Showtime Sports & Event Programming. From 1987 to the present, Dinkins has been the primary producer of the Showtime Championship Boxing series.
“David is one of the most dedicated and creative men in television,” said Hershman, who has overseen the Sports & Event Programming department for nearly five years. “He has been an invaluable asset to our boxing franchise and will now add his creativity, insight and experience to our burgeoning MMA programming.”
With Showtime Sports expansion into mixed martial arts, Dinkins will be tasked with building the new EliteXC and ShoXC programs. While there has been explosive interest in this combat sport, SHOWTIME is the first and only premium television network to televise MMA.
When asked about the future of MMA on the network, Dinkins said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to put our stamp on a new and growing sport. We plan to be innovative while maintaining the same high quality that viewers have come to expect from our boxing telecasts.”
In 1981 Dinkins became a staff producer at CBS Sports. During his six years at the network, he covered all the major sports leagues, NCAA events, various world championships and the Pan Am Games. Twice he received Sports Emmy® Awards for his production work on NFL games.
In 1987, Dinkins left CBS to pursue an opportunity with SHOWTIME to help establish its new boxing franchise. Having been one of the top boxing producers at CBS, it was an easy transition into the rapidly growing business of boxing on premium television.
During this time, Dinkins continued to produce events for ESPN, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC as well as a number of major sporting events including the Olympic Games and Mike Tyson pay-per-view programs. He consulted on Mark Burnett’s “The Contender” and with The Football Network.
Aside from his television work, Dinkins is on the board of Fisher House, a foundation that provides transportation and housing for the families of injured military personnel to visit their relatives while they are hospitalized. Recently he also became a board member of The Caring Place, a facility created by colleague and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING color analyst Al Bernstein and his wife Connie to help families touched by cancer.
The newest Showtime Networks executive is the proud son of New York City’s first African-American mayor, David Dinkins, Sr.
About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME® TOO™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE® and TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD™, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND™ and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND™. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME® PPV.