Starz


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 […]

Apple TV app launches in more than 100 countries

Apple has launched its redesigned TV app, making it possible for consumers to subscribe in one place to channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian Channel and EPIX. The update, which was first announced at an Apple event in March, is now available in over 100 countries. Apple said more channels would be added over […]

Lionsgate shoots for the Starz with Spanish Princess

Two high-profile Starz offerings and an OWN drama highlight Lionsgate’s slate, which will be screened in London’s Soho Hotel this afternoon. The company is  benefiting from the trailblazing success of prior dramas such as The White Princess US studio Lionsgate is quickly becoming a staple in the UK Screenings circuit and has three high-profile dramas […]

Starz boosts Lionsgate earnings as it expands into Canada

Lionsgate earnings topped Wall Street projections for Q3, due in large part to the success of its premium channel Starz – which is expanding into Canada in March. The studio reported earnings of $22.9m, or 10 cents a share, when analysts had forecast 9 cents a share. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer pinned this down to […]

Starz boss Chris Albrecht to step down

Starz boss Chris Albrecht is to step down from the Lionsgate-owned cable business next month after almost a decade.  The company, which was acquired by Lionsgate in December 2016, will be overseen by chief operating officer Jeffrey Hirsch and the current leadership team, alongside Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. Programming president Carmi Zlotnik is to lead […]

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