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 takes new route with new Girlfriend Experience

Starz will introduce a whole new set of characters for the second season of its half-hour drama series The Girlfriend Experience. Steve Soderbergh, who spoke to TBI about the series, will exec produce the new season, which will star Anna Friel (Marcella), Louise Krause (Billions) and Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). […]

High-end TV investment spend hits £478m in UK

Spend on high-end TV production in the UK hit a record £478 million (US$600 million) in 2016, official figures show. Data from the British Film Institute’s Research and Statistic Unit reveal inward investment spend – show funded from outside the UK – grew 11% year-on-year, with ‘repeat business’ productions such as Game of Thrones, Outlander […]

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 […]

Sony promotes Kalouria to president post

Sony Pictures Television has promoted Sheraton Kalouria to president and chief marketing officer. He will continue to report to Steve Mosko, who was promoted from president to chairman of SPT in September last year. In this newly expanded role, Kalouria will now oversee consumer products licensing for SPT series and brands as part of the […]

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 […]

SVOD platform goes live across Canada

Subscription on-demand service Shomi is now available to all internet-connected consumers in Canada. The service was previously available to customers of joint venture parents Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, but has now expanded its reach, a move first first mooted in May this year. The platform launched in beta in November 2014, and has since […]

Israeli VOD service lands Romanzo Criminale

New Israeli on-demand platform Cellcom TV has acquired Italian gangster drama Romanze Criminale from Germany-based Beta Film. Premium content services firm Vubiquity brokered the deal on behalf of Cellcom TV, which mobile phone operator Cellcom launched at the end of last year. Romanzo Criminale is set between 1977 and 1989 and follows a criminal gang […]

Amazon deal monitor: Prime’s time

Amazon’s initial slate of originals was mostly well received, but failed to set the TV world alight. Then along came Jeffrey Tambur cross-dressing drama Transparent, which not only garnered masses of column inches, but also bagged awards and critical acclaim. Some commentators described as “Amazon’s House of Cards moment”. SVOD service Amazon Prime Instant Video […]

Downton Abbey constructed on Amazon

Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Downton Abbey, Turn and The Red Road among others. Seasons 1-4 of period drama Downton have been taken from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, while seasons 1-2 of spy drama Turn, gritty cop drama The Red Road and personal computer boom drama Halt […]