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LOS ANGELES – February 11, 2019 – Today, Showtime Networks Inc. announced that Virginia Lazalde-McPherson has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Business Affairs. Lazalde-McPherson will serve as the company’s head of business affairs for the acquisition and production of all scripted and unscripted series, limited series and documentaries. The announcement was made today by Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., to whom Lazalde-McPherson will report.

“Virginia Lazalde-McPherson is a talented, savvy dealmaker who can visualize the big picture and the smallest details with equal clarity,” said Winograde. “As SHOWTIME expands its content muscle in all directions, Virginia’s broad ranging experience and sound judgment will be indispensable.”

For the past three years, Lazalde-McPherson served as Head of Business Affairs for Google’s YouTube Originals, where she headed up the team responsible for negotiating deals to drive creative partnerships and establish deal structures with creators, production partners and studios, for the development, production and acquisition of original programs and films in all categories. Previously, Lazalde-McPherson was Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at TruTV, overseeing day-to-day operations that included brokering television, development and production deals. From 2000-14, she was Senior Vice President Business and Legal Affairs & Deputy General Counsel and Head of Music Strategy for MTV Networks, after having served as Director, Business Affairs at Sony Music. She is a graduate of UCLA Law School and UC Santa Barbara.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV. Viewers can also watch on computers at SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian Channel Plus™. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to

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