Showtime President on 'Homeland;' Argo's Story Detective
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David Nevins, Showtime's president, on keeping Homeland surprising and unpredictable. Also, producer David Klawans (Argo, Nacho Libre) wants to be "the true story guy."
Banner image: (L-R) Claire Danes and David Nevins. Photo courtesy of Showtime
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David Nevins ()
David Nevins has a history of working at NBC and Imagine Television (Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights, 24). So he knows something about Emmy-winning, critically loved shows that don't get huge ratings. But now, as president of Showtime, ratings don't matter, and the awards and critical love that Homeland -- the first show he put on the schedule -- is getting is making Nevins very happy. He tells the story of how Homeland was developed and that he believes television needs to defy savvy TV viewers' expectations.
- David Nevins: Showtime
David Klawans ()
David Klawans is an executive producer on Argo but it may be better to say he's a "story detective." Early on he decided his niche would be finding true stories and turning them into movies. He discovered the story for Argo in late-1998, early-1999, buried in a CIA quarterly journal, "Studies in Intelligence." For years he strived to bring this story to the screen, finally achieving success when he teamed up with reporter Joshuah Bearman to write it up as an article in a 2007 Wired magazine. Klawans' other big feature credit is on the Jack Black movie, Nacho Libre. That too is based on a true story. The lengths he went to in order to get the rights to both the stories of Argo and Nacho Libre demonstrate Klawans' dogged approach to producing.
David Klawans and Jack Black on the set of Nacho Libre
David Klawans in the library
David Klawans and Tony Mendez,
the ex-CIA operative in the Argo story at the premiere for Argo
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