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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 […]

Liberty Global appoints Nair as CEO of LatAm

Liberty Global’s chief technology and innovation officer, Balan Nair, is set to become president and CEO of the cable giant’s Latin American and Caribbean arm once it is spun off. Liberty Global said Nair will remain in his current role until its Lat Am operation is split off into a separate public company, which is […]

Starz COO extends stay

Starz has agreed a new long-term contract with its COO, Jeffrey Hirsch. The deal will see Hirsch remaining with Lionsgate-owned Starz until at least December 2020. He joined the US-based premium cable business in 2015 from Time Warner Cable, and has gone on to rebrand the Starz network, reposition the Starz Encore channels, and launch […]

Chase Carey in pole as Liberty completes F1 deal

Liberty Media has completed its US$8 billion takeover of Formula 1 and appointed Chase Carey as CEO, replacing long-standing F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. After 40 years in charge of the sport, Ecclestone now becomes ‘chairman emeritus’ and will be available as “a source of advice” for the F1 board. Carey (pictured), who also serves as […]

Lionsgate can ‘dramatically scale’ drama with Starz

Lionsgate chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer has said the US$4.4 billion acquisition of premium cable channel Starz is “the most transformative transaction in [the studio’s] history”. Furthermore, the merger will provide Lionsgate a “unique opportunity to dramatically scale” production of “premium television production, which we believe is the critical success factor for any content-driven company”, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lionsgate confirms Starz merger talks

Lionsgate Entertainment has confirmed it will explore a “potentially mutually beneficial combination” with premium cable group Starz. News broke this week that indie studio Lionsgate had entered into early stage discussions with Starz for the second time over a potential merger. John Malone is the controlling shareholder of Starz, which spun out out of Malone’s […]

Lionsgate ‘restarts’ Starz acquisition talks

Lionsgate Entertainment is reportedly back in for US premium cable channel Starz. The pair was previously linked in late-2014, and came closer together last year when Starz’s main shareholder, John Malone, bought 3.4% of Lionsgate through his Liberty Global group. Bloomberg has now reported that talks over Lionsgate acquiring the Outlander network have restarted. Citing […]

Vodafone confirms Liberty Global Netherlands talks

Vodafone has confirmed that it is in discussions with Liberty Global about creating a joint venture in the Netherlands. In a statement responding to recent media speculation,Vodafone said the firms are discussing a tie-up that would incorporate both companies’ local operating businesses. However, it stressed that “the discussions are ongoing and do not extend beyond […]

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