Apple TV+ hires outgoing Starz progamming chief Carmi Zlotnik

Carmi Zlotnik

Carmi Zlotnik, who is stepping down as president of programming at Starz, has struck an exclusive production deal at Apple TV+.

Zlotnik had been with the company for more than a decade and worked on shows including Outlander, American Gods and Power.

He will work with the cabler during his transition before moving to Apple TV+, which has made a habit of hiring former TV bosses for its fledgling streaming service.

Earlier this month it confirmed a deal with former HBO chief Richard Plepler and his recently created production company, Eden Productions, while the company also counts numerous other former TV execs among its TV roster.

Former Channel 4 chief Jay Hunt was drafted in for its European operations while ex-Sony Pictures execs Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht head up the tech giant’s studio division and head of scripted development is Matt Cherniss, who joined from US network WGN America.

Zlotnik’s departure from Starz came a year after the Lionsgate-owned company’s CEO Chris Albrecht departed, with Jeffrey Hirsch named president and CEO in September.

Yesterday, Apple boss Tim Cook said Apple TV+ was off to a “rousing start”, as the company revealed its quarterly results.