Former Starz int’l chief Superna Kalle lands at Oz gaming firm Aristocrat

Superna Kalle, the former president of international at Starz, has joined Australian gaming and gambling tech company Aristocrat as chief strategy and content officer. Reporting directly to Aristocrat CEO & managing director Trevor Croker, Kalle will be based in Los Angeles and will join the Sydney-headquartered firm on 9 October. Croker said that Kalle will […]

Starz recruits WarnerMedia alum Sofia Chang as distribution chief

Lionsgate-owned Outlander and Power Book network Starz has hired WarnerMedia alum Sofia Chang as EVP and chief distribution officer. Based in New York and reporting to Starz’s president of domestic networks, Alison Hoffman, Chang will oversee all of the streaming platform’s sales activities with multichannel video and digital distributors in the US. Chang is the […]

Lionsgate postpones Starz split after eOne deal, prepares for Lat Am exit

Lionsgate, fresh from its acquisition of Entertainment One, has delayed plans to split from Starz until early in 2024 and has said it will end its operations in Latin America. The US mini-major, which revealed details about its plans to separate its studio business and Starz in July, blamed the delay on its acquisition of […]

Lionsgate reveals details of Starz split, with planned formation of two companies

Lionsgate in the US has revealed further details about its plans to separate its studio business and Starz to create two publicly traded companies. The company made an SEC filing in which it revealed that Lionsgate’s film and TV studio would become a separate company, while its media networks assets, primarily encompassing the pay-TV and […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Behind the changing fortunes of US pay-TV & streaming key players

As North America’s pay-TV & streaming landscape continues to shift, Sarah Henschel, principal analyst at Omdia, explores the changing fortunes of some of the key players in the region. In 2022, online subscription revenue reached $39.2bn in North America, up 23% YoY. Online channel revenue in the US is dominated by Netflix, which accounted for […]

Starz int’l programming chief Jeff Cooke to exit

Starz’s international programming chief Jeff Cooke is exiting the Lionsgate-owned company later this year. Cooke will remain in the role until July, but his next move is currently unknown. The international division oversees streamer Lionsgate+, home to original series such as Gaslit. The exec was promoted to SVP of programming for international networks in Janaury […]

Starz plans ‘Spartacus’ revival, with Steven S DeKnight to return

US network Starz is in development on a revival of its historical drama franchise Spartacus, with Steven S DeKnight to return as showrunner and executive producer. Spartacus: Blood And Sand debuted on Starz in 2010 and was followed by a prequel series Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena in 2011 and two additional series Spartacus: Vengeance […]

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