When David Nevins was in elementary school in Bethesda, he’d spend every afternoon playing basketball with his best friend. Then one day the boy was gone. His family had moved to Florida, seemingly without explanation.
It wasn’t until years later that Nevins understood his friend’s father had been a lawyer for President Nixon and wanted to get out of Dodge. That was his first introduction to the ways of Washington.
As the son of a lobbyist, he continued to be exposed to the inner workings of the government. He understood it just enough to be intrigued. Rather than follow in his father’s footsteps, however, Nevins took his appetite for politics to Hollywood, where he has launched a successful television career highlighted by shows that bring Washington to life on the small screen.
Nevins championed the development of Aaron Sorkin’s brainchild, “The West Wing,” oversaw production of “24” and, in his first major move as president of entertainment at Showtime, shepherded the launch of “Homeland,” a spine-tingling CIA drama that’s become the network’s biggest new hit and will air its season finale Sunday night.