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 […]

ITV America strikes LaLaLand deal

The US arm of UK broadcaster ITV has inked an exclusive production deal with actress, author and producer La La Anthony. The agreement will see ITV and Anthony develop new shows and the Anthony’s new company, LaLaLand, make the shows in question. The partners and ITV’s Leftfield are already working together on a reality series […]

Starz adds Spotify to TV Everywhere app

Starz has done a deal with Spotify that will allow users of its updated premium app to access music from the premium cabler’s shows. Starz playlists will be added to Spotify meanwhile, as part of the agreement. The music available on Spotify will come from Starz original series including 50 Cent-produced show Power (pictured). There […]

Bodle buys back Power

Justin Bodle has bought Power, handing his new company the production and distribution business he created in 1995, and ran until six years ago. Bodle will be chairman of the new look Power Entertainment Media, having bought it from its previous owners, Sabido, which has offloaded the company as part of a wider programme of […]

50 Cent extends Starz deal, plans Tomorrow, Today

Rapper Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson has scored an overall development deal with US network Starz, and is working up a superhero series that could sit alongside current hit Power. The agreement extends Jackson’s existing deal by one year to September 2018, during which time he will develop new series through his G-Unit Film & Television […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blumenfeld, Bodle create £3m incubator

Veteran execs Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle have created a £3 million (US$4.3 million) production vehicle that will house ten indies. The Hot House will act as an incubator for producers and off-screen talent that does not wish to be part of a consolidated production group. Former ITV and Endemol senior exec Blumenfeld will now […]

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 […]

C More inks Starz streaming and pay deal

Scandi pay TV platform C More has inked a programming deal with Starz and will take several of the premium cabler’s drama series on its channels and on-demand streaming services. The volume deal between C More and Starz’s digital and programme sales divisions gives the pay TV operator digital and pay rights to upcoming series, […]

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