Chris Albrecht

30 years of TBI: The TBI 20 (2003)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2003, TBI asked the industry to nominate the top 20 executives in the business at that point, and results brought together some of the biggest names in the […]

Bell Media brings Starz to Canada for first time

Canada’s Bell Media has teamed with Lionsgate to bring in its premium pay television platform Starz to a Canadian audience and gain first-window rights to future Lionsgate theatrical releases. The agreement is a move by Starz and Bell Media to compete for premium subscribers on all platforms, and adds to Bell Media’s suite of subscription […]

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 […]

Power-ful two-season renewal for 50 Cent drama

50 Cent’s Power has received a two-season renewal, guaranteeing it fourth and fifth seasons. The drama series plays on premium cable net Starz in the US and the new season orders follow season-on-season viewership growth through its first three seasons. Rapper 50 Cent will continue as an exec producer in the story of a nightclub […]

Lionsgate buys $4.4bn Starz

Lionsgate has acquired premium cable net Starz for US$4.4 billion. The deal had long been mooted with Starz CEO Chris Albrecht (left) telling TBI late last year that consolidation made sense in the current market. The Starz boss renewed his contract at the firm this week until 2020. The deal sees Hollywood’s largest independent studio […]

Albrecht extends Starz stay

Chris Albrecht has signed a contract to remain CEO of US premium cable channel Starz until 2020, simultaneously adding the title of company president. The new deal is effective as of July 1, with Albrecht (pictured) replacing the long-serving Glenn Curtis as president. The news closely follows the appointment of global marketing president Jeffrey Hirsch […]

Starz ups Hirsch and Weil

Starz has appointed Jeffrey Hirsch COO, handing him some of the responsibilities that sat with Glenn Curtis, who is retiring after a 20-year career at the premium cable net. Hirsch joined Starz last year from Time Warner Cable, where he was has been upped from president, global marketing and product development. At TWC he was […]

Starz goes OTT in US with SVOD platform

Premium cable channel Starz has created an over-the-top streaming service in the US, offering shows such as Power and Outlander for US$8.99 a month. The platform will comprise more than 2,400 titles, including upcoming series American Gods and high-profile movies such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a marketing […]

Albrecht: Starz ‘believes in consolidation’

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has said the premium cable operation does “believe in consolidation” after US studio Lionsgate Entertainment earlier confirmed merged talks between the companies. Albrecht declined to directly add colour to Lionsgate’s filing last month, in which Lionsgate said the pair was exploring a “potentially mutually beneficial combination”, but did admit that M&A […]

Starz makes first US D2C investment

Premium cable player Starz has made its first US investment in direct-to-consumer distribution by taking a stake in on-demand streaming service Fandor. Starz already has a Middle Eastern SVOD service, Starz Play Arabia, but has to this point not made any such plays in its home territory. However, it has now led a US$7 million […]

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