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Round-up: Starz axes ‘American Gods’; Fox seeks ‘Our Kind Of People’; All3Media shops Ghislaine Maxwell doc

Starz axes ‘American Gods’ US network Starz has cancelled fantasy drama American Gods, confirming that the series, based on the novel by British author Neil Gaiman, will not return for a fourth season. Produced by Fremantle, American Gods is executive produced by showrunner Charles Eglee, Meil Gaiman, Anne Kenney, Damian Kindler, David Paul Francis, Mark Tinker, Ian […]

Starz crowns Catherine De Medici series ‘The Serpent Queen’

US network Starz has commissioned The Serpent Queen, an adaptation of Leonie Frieda’s book Catherine De Medici: Renaissance Queen Of France. The eight-part scripted series is being produced by Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, and written by Justin Haythe, who exec produces alongside Francis Lawrence and Erwin Stoff, while Stacie Passon is attached to […]

Starz ups senior exec Karen Bailey to EVP of originals

US network Starz has promoted Karen Bailey to EVP of original programming. Based in Santa Monica, Bailey most recently served as SVP in the team with her leadership role now expanding as she continues to spearhead Starz’s inclusion initiatives across the originals slate, with a focus on narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented […]

Disney’s ABC Signature hires Starz originals exec to lead drama development

Disney-owned ABC has appointed Starz exec Susan Lewis as head of drama development at its newly formed ABC Signature production arm. She replaces Patrick Maguire, who had been with ABC owner Disney for almost two decades. He had been promoted in 2018 to become SVP of drama development at ABC Studios, which which was merged […]

Starzplay unveils Spanish, Mexican series as co-production deals bloom

Lionsgate-owned Starzplay has unveiled its first slate of international originals with four shows from Spain and Mexico, which will be made available via the global streamer and other services owned by the US studio. Express is a Spanish crime thriller exploring a kidnapping that will be produced by The Mediapro Studio and has been written […]

Starzplay strikes Rakuten TV distribution across Europe

OTT operator Rakuten TV has struck a deal that will see the international streaming service from US cabler Starz become available via its platform across Europe. Starzplay will offer exclusive access to original series, acquired content and movies to viewers in Spain, the UK, Italy, France and Germany via Rakuten TV. The streamer costs £4.99 […]

Starz to revive YouTube’s cancelled ‘Step Up’ series

US cable and satellite network Starz is to revive dance drama Step Up: High Water, following its cancellation on YouTube last year. The Lionsgate-owned Starz has ordered a new 10-episode third season from creator and executive producer Holly Sorensen and Lionsgate Television. The stars from the previous seasons are set to return, while the company […]

Starz names ex-CBS drama head Christina Davis as programming president

US cable network Starz has appointed former CBS drama head Christina Davis as president of original programming. Taking over from Carmi Zlotnik, who departed the role earlier this year to join Apple TV, Davis will be responsible for leading the programming and development team for the Lionsgate-owned service and delivering content for women and diverse […]

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