Epix programming chief exits

US premium cable network Epix is saying goodbye to its head of programming, Jocelyn Diaz. The exec is leaving the MGM-owned network just under two months after former TNT, Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Studios chief Michael Wright was named president. Former Disney exec Diaz has been with Epix since 2014, and is credited with its […]

Starz pushes into unscripted originals

US premium cable channel Starz has commissioned its first unscripted programmes. The Lionsgate-owned network has ordered four docuseries, which focus on criminal justice, youth sports, fashion and the legacy of hip-hop. To this point, Starz’s original strategy has been focused on dramas such as Power, Outlander and Black Sails and comedies including Survivor’s Remorse. Rival […]

Starz vehicle

Chris Albrecht tells Jesse Whittock about the new look Starz business following its merger with North American studio Lionsgate, about his relationship with cable king John Malone and how OTT is making international business more viable. Chris Albrecht is a proponent of entertainment media consolidation in today’s market, which is why he was a driving […]

Starz greenlights Saracho’s original series Vida

Starz has greenlit Hispanic US-set drama Vida, which will be directed by How to Get Away With Murder’s Tanya Saracho. Saracho (pictured, Girls, Looking) will also serve as a showrunner with Alonso Ruizpalacios. Vida is a half-hour drama series focusing on two very different Mexican-American sisters from the eastside of LA. Circumstances force them to return […]

Starz secures US deal for NRK mystery drama

Starz has secured exclusive US premium pay TV rights for Norwegian mystery drama Monster. The series is due to air in October this year across Scandinavia in Norway, for NRK, Denmark (DR) and Sweden (SVT). NRK retains terrestrial rights in Scandinavia; DRG has all other rights in the region, plus all worldwide rights outside of […]

Common & RZA work up Starz samurai drama

US cable channel Starz is developing a Jerry Bruckheimer drama based on the Black Samurai novels that has rap stars Common and RZA attached. Black Samurai (WT) comes from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Freedom Road Productions, which Common runs, and Wu Films. Billed as a “mash-up of the spy and martial arts genres”, the series will […]

Starz sales chief lands Lionsgate spot

US studio Lionsgate is bringing the worldwide sales chief at its premium cable channel, Starz, over to its own distribution team. Gene George (pictured) has been named executive VP of worldwide distribution, reporting to another newly promoted Lionsgate exec, president of international television and digital distribution Peter Iacono. Lionsgate acquired Starz last year in a […]

Lionsgate poaches Disney veteran Goetz

Lionsgate has appointed Jared Goetz, a 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, to the newly created role of president of North American television distribution. Goetz will report to Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution. The appointment comes as Lionsgate “continues to ramp up its domestic and international sales and distribution […]

Lionsgate & Liberty Global partner on thriller for Starz

Lionsgate and Liberty Global have partnered up to produce new spy thriller The Rook for the premium pay platform Starz. The series will air on the Lionsgate-owned Starz platform in the US next year. At the same time, Liberty Global will feature the series exclusively on-demand across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Lionsgate will […]

Starz Play Arabia preps originals after $125m raise

Starz Play Arabia has raised US$125 million to date after closing a third round of funding and plans to make its first push into original content. In an interview with TBI sister title DTVE, Starz Play CEO Maaz Sheikh said that the company is looking to produce original Arabic shows, and is also hoping to […]

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