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 […]

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 […]

Showtime to adapt Patti Smith memoir

US cable channel Showtime is adapting the memoir of punk poet and musician Patti Smith into a drama miniseries. Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, will be adapted, co-written and produced for TV by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo), whose Desert Wolf Productions imprint will be the production company. Smith shot to fame in 1970s as […]