During his ten-year tenure, he was responsible for all programming functions of Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI). He supervised the Original Programming, Program Acquisitions and Scheduling departments. While at Showtime Networks, he was responsible for more than tripling SHOWTIME's original programming slate of series and films. Many of these programs have appeared in the Venice, Toronto, Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals and have garnered Emmy, Golden Globe, CableACE, Humanitas and Peabody awards, among others. Most recently, Offsay had been responsible for greenlighting SOLDIER'S GIRL and TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE, both of which just won a total of 5 Golden Globe nominations. Critically acclaimed projects that have aired under Offsay's management have included: HIROSHIMA, 12 ANGRY MEN, THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS, MANDELA AND deKLERK, THANKS OF A GRATEFUL NATION, THE BABY DANCE, INHERIT THE WIND, THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC, STRANGE JUSTICE, THE PASSION OF AYN RAND, NORIEGA: GOD'S FAVORITE, ARTHUR MILLER'S DEATH OF A SALESMAN, BOJANGLES, LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, THE DAY REAGAN WAS SHOT, KEEP THE FAITH, BABY, DAMAGED CARE and LAST CALL.
During his stay at Showtime Networks, Offsay had also worked hard to establish the network as a home for top-quality artists, providing access to important work that might otherwise not be seen. He was honored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California with its annual Bill of Rights honor for making SHOWTIME the premiere platform for artists interested in exploring topics and issues outside the mainstream. Examples of projects under Offsay's direction include the hit series QUEER AS FOLK, as well as the films DIRTY PICTURES (2001 Golden Globe Award winner in the category Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television), RATED X, LOLITA, the two mini-series ARMISTEAD MAUPIN'S MORE TALES OF THE CITY and ARMISTEAD MAUPIN'S FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY, Anjelica Huston's BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA and SISTER MARY EXPLAINS IT ALL.
Prior to joining Showtime Networks in January 1994, Offsay served as Executive Vice President, ABC Productions for Capital Cities/ABC Inc., where he was responsible for all production and distribution. Before assuming his position at ABC Productions, Offsay was President, RKO Pictures. He served as executive producer on many films including Eight Men Out, Diabolique, and Hamburger Hill as well as co-producer on Narrow Margin. Offsay began his career as an entertainment attorney for the Los Angeles law firm of Loeb & Loeb, where he was a partner involved in international film financing and the co-production of numerous films.
Offsay holds a B.A. degree from Harpur College in New York and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School. He is currently on the Board of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. He and his wife, Pam, have four children.
Offsay's company, Parkchester Pictures, is based in Los Angeles.
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