2015 PR People Awards: PR Professional of the Year/ Corporate

Winner: Trisha Cardoso, Showtime Networks Inc. Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

Trisha Cardoso is a visionary leader at SHOWTIME, inspiring and motivating the entire company to think outside of the box. She is extremely creative and collaborative, and has led the strategic planning and execution of all global public and media relations initiatives designed to enhance the corporate and programming profile and growth for Showtime Networks, as well as its multiplex channels.

Under her leadership, SHOWTIME launched its over-the-internet streaming service and announced an executive transition plan that will affect the company for years to come. In addition to overseeing programming publicity, media and talent relations, events, corporate branding and public relations, Cardoso is the company's chief press officer, responsible for all corporate and business press outreach, as well as serving as the SHOWTIME communications liaison with parent company CBS Corporation. Also under her leadership, the network has made history, breaking records and being honored with the most nominations ever in the network's history across a number of series, miniseries and documentaries.

Cardoso has been a leader in communications and television industry for almost three decades. Throughout her extensive career, Cardoso worked on public relations campaigns for some of the most influential series in the history of television, including Cheers, Frasier, Wings, Northern Exposure, Law & Order, L.A. Law and Melrose Place. Her time at SHOWTIME has marked a new era at the network, with hit series like Homeland, The Affair, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.

Cardoso’s amazing press contacts have also helped secure publicity for the network, including President David Nevins being honored on the cover of Variety as their Showman of the Year last year. She is also a trusted adviser to the president and CEO on everything from marketing to casting to development to events. During her tenure at SHOWTIME, Cardoso has assembled a team of smart, collaborative executives around her.

Honorable Mention:

•             Patricia Garofalo Fernandez, General Electric