Showtime Promotes Espinoza To President
In a press release sent out by Showtime on Wednesday,Showtime President and CEO David Nevins announced that Stephen Espinoza has been promoted to President of Sports and Event Programming. In his new position, he will report to Nevins and continue to develop and execute the overall strategy of the group.
“Simply stated, Stephen is the heavyweight champion of his profession,” said Nevins. “He is an innovator, equal parts thoughtful and tenacious, who has turned Showtime boxing into the market leader, while also driving excellence in our documentaries and sports series.”
Following a year featuring the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor pay per view event, Showtime will present with 10 events including 12 world title fights in the early portion of 2018.
Under the leadership of Espinoza, Showtime was part of two of the most watched pay-per-view events in history: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao in May 2015 and Mayweather vs. McGregor in August 2017. With the Mayweather-Canelo fight in September 2013, the trio of fights was the most lucrative under Espinoza’s tenure.
Espinoza helped negotiate to bring Floyd Mayweather to Showtime in 2013 with a six fight contract. The deal between Mayweather and Showtime yielded 14 million domestic buys, and over $1.2 Billion in domestic pay-per-view buys..
In his new position, Espinoza will manage the day-to-day activities of the sports and event group, including its pay-per-view unit. Based in Showtime Networks’ New York offices, Espinoza oversees the production of the network’s original sports series and sports documentaries, as well as the acquisition and licensing of all other Showtime and pay-per-view sports and event programming.
Prior to boarding Showtime in 2011, Espinoza was a partner in the firm of Ziffren Brittenham LLP where he specialized in representing athletes and sports personalities, including professional boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson. He also served as lead counsel for De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions dating back to the formation of the company. With his work, Espinoza has been directly involved in the five highest-grossing pay-per-view events of all time. Some of his other former clients include Michael Strahan and Gina Carano.