Vinnie Malhotra serves as Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. An Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning executive, he oversees the development and production of the network’s growing slate of original unscripted and documentary programming, as well as all documentary theatrical releases at SHOWTIME. Malhotra is in charge of developing and producing scripted programming about real events and real-life newsmakers, such as the Golden Globe®-winning limited-series THE LOUDEST VOICE, based on Roger Ailes, as well as THE GOOD LORD BIRD, starring Ethan Hawke. He also develops and produces sports documentaries including the Emmy Award winning film DISGRACED and the recent docu-series OUTCRY, in partnership with Stephen Espinoza, President, Showtime Sports and Event Programming.
Malhotra arrived at SHOWTIME in 2015 in the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Documentaries, Unscripted and Sports Programming, where he spearheaded the development of the Showtime Documentary Films portfolio including multi-part docuseries THE FOURTH ESTATE, SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE, THE TRADE, THE CIRCUS, the Peabody Award-nominated and Television Academy Honors recipient 16 SHOTS, the Emmy-nominated WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN, the Grammy®-nominated SHANGRI-LA, COUPLES THERAPY and MURDER IN THE BAYOU. Malhotra’s oversight led to the celebrated news series VICE coming to SHOWTIME for new stories in 2020. He has also steered critically acclaimed documentaries that focused on the lives and legacies of culture-defining and at times controversial figures, including ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME,” THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS, the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner WEINER, RISK and XY CHELSEA.
Previously, Malhotra served as Senior Vice President for Development and Acquisitions at CNN Worldwide. He joined CNN in March 2012, where he was responsible for leading development and co-production opportunities for CNN’s platforms. In this role, he launched CNN Films, a production unit created to produce and acquire documentary films, and to leverage distribution opportunities for those films at film festivals and in theaters. Malhotra managed the day-to-day operation of CNN Films, and worked directly with filmmakers to develop original projects. His efforts have led to successful partnerships with multiple award-winning filmmakers including Steve James and Alex Gibney, as well as the acquisition, co-production, or commission of more than two dozen films for broadcast on CNN and distribution via its digital platforms. Those films included Blackfish, Our Nixon, Life Itself, Ivory Tower, Dinosaur 13, Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger, The Hunting Ground, Fresh Dressed, and STEVE JOBS: The Man in the Machine, among others.
Malhotra also handled the development and production of CNN original series, including the three-time Primetime Emmy award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man, This is Life with Lisa Ling, High Profits, Finding Jesus, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe, Chicagoland and Death Row Stories from Sundance Productions and Robert Redford, The Sixties and The Seventies, from Playtone and Tom Hanks. In 2015, Malhotra launched a partnership with CNN Digital Studios to acquire and stream documentary shorts. The premium short-form films were created by new and emerging filmmakers and acquired at prominent film festivals prior to streaming via the network’s digital platforms, including CNN.com and CNNgo.
A former program development executive at ESPN and ABC News producer, Malhotra began his career with ABC News in 1997. There, he worked on several of the news organization’s signature programs including Nightline and World News Tonight, and served as a producer for Peter Jennings for three years. Malhotra later worked with co-anchors Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff and was part of the convoy in Iraq when Woodruff and a cameraman were hit by an IED in January 2006. He was uninjured. During his 13 years at ABC News, he covered major global events including the Iraq War and the inauguration of President Barack Obama. From 2007 to 2010, Malhotra was Executive Producer of ABC News’ weekend news content, including World News Saturday and World News Sunday, and oversaw the weekend editorial content and production for ABCNEWS.com and ABC News Now, among other ABC News digital platforms.
In 2010, Malhotra joined ESPN as Vice President and Executive Producer for Content Development. In this position, he was responsible for the development of films that include Everything in Between: The Tim Tebow Story, The Color Orange, The Brady 6, and The Marinovich Project. He also developed scripted and non-scripted series for the network, and was part of the development team that created the new ESPN Quarterback rating “Total QBR” that is now being used in association with all NFL coverage on ESPN.
Malhotra has received numerous industry honors for excellence in journalism including three Primetime Emmy Awards, six News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Peabody and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award.
Malhotra is based in the SHOWTIME offices in Los Angeles.