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Lionsgate strikes streaming output deal Starzplay

Lionsgate has agreed an output deal with its Starz’s international streaming platform Starzplay for split first pay streaming rights in the U.K. to Lionsgate’s recently released and upcoming feature films. Under the deal, Starzplay’s U.K. subscribers will be able to access first-run movies from parent company Lionsgate, including Knives Out, Bombshell, Angel Has Fallen and […]

Apple TV+ hires outgoing Starz progamming chief Carmi Zlotnik

Carmi Zlotnik, who is stepping down as president of programming at Starz, has struck an exclusive production deal at Apple TV+. Zlotnik had been with the company for more than a decade and worked on shows including Outlander, American Gods and Power. He will work with the cabler during his transition before moving to Apple […]

Starz programming chief Carmi Zlotnik to depart

Starz president of programming Carmi Zlotnik has left the US cabler after a decade with the company. Zlotnik had been with the network for a decade and worked on shows including Outlander, American Gods and Power. He is set to pursue new creative endeavours but his next move is not yet known. He will work […]

TBI’s forward thinkers: Top execs reflect on 2019 and offer 2020 predictions

TBI speaks to leading execs from across the content business as they reflect on 2019 and discuss their predictions at the start of a new decade. Nina Lederman, EVP, global scripted development & programming, Sony Pictures Television How do you think the imminent launch of streamers such as HBO Max and Peacock will impact the […]

Starz rolls out standalone Starzplay app in five countries

Lionsgate-backed cable channel Starz is rolling out a direct-to-consumer app in five countries, including the UK and France. The Starzplay app is also launching in Brazil, Germany and Mexico, and plans are in place to launch in 20 additional countries next year. To date, Starzplay has found distribution via platforms such as Apple TV and […]

Why consolidation doesn’t scare Starz

Starz is the jewel in Lionsgate’s crown, garnering interest from several deep-pocketed suitors. Superna Kalle, EVP of international digital networks, tells Manori Ravindran where the business is headed internationally and why it has its blinders on. Lionsgate-backed Starz has been operating in the orbit of a potential takeover for some time. CBS was believed to […]

Lionsgate mulls spinning off Starz to reduce debt load

Lionsgate is mulling spinning off cable channel Starz into a separate company as it looks to reduce its debt load.  According to The Wall Street Journal, a spin-off is among a number of options the studio is considering for the Outlander and American Gods channel, which it purchased for $4.4bn in 2016. Others include putting […]

Lionsgate promotes Jeffrey Hirsch to become Starz CEO

Lionsgate-backed US cabler Starz has handed its chief operating officer Jeffrey Hirsch a new long-term deal and named him CEO at the network. Hirsch had been in charge of Starz since March, after former boss Chris Albrecht revealed he was stepping down from the CEO role after almost a decade with the company. Starz, which […]

Starz expands period drama with ‘Dangerous Liaisons’

US cabler Starz has added another period drama to its slate, this time an adaptation of French novel Dangerous Liaisons. The show will be based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s novel and will be produced by UK producer Playground with Flame Ventures, in association with Starz parent Lionsgate. Call The Midwife‘s Harriet Warner is attached […]

Lionsgate reports loss amid steady growth for Starz

Lionsgate has revealed less than satisfying year-end results, reporting a net loss of $284m for the fiscal year ended 31 March despite the steady growth of Starz.  The studio reported full-year revenues of $3.68bn and an operating income of $130m – down from $4.13bn in revenues and $248m in operating income for the period last […]

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