Chris Albrecht to Lead Starz
Former HBO chairman and CEO rejoining premium cable business
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/22/2009 10:59:12 AM
Albrecht led HBO from 2002-2007, and before that had been its president of entertainment. Under his watch the network developed The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Deadwood, Band of Brothers, Entourage and Six Feet Under, among other programs.
In 2007 he left the company after being charged with misdemeanor assault against a woman believed to be his girlfriend. He would land at IMG later that year to build up its sports media presence, leaving that company in August, 2008 to return to his own outfit Foresee Entertainment.
The addition of Albrecht comes as Starz seeks to improve the quality and quantity of its original programming. The network currently televises drama Crash and comedy Party Down, and has already greenlit two seasons of fantasy Spartacus.
Nikke Finke at Deadline.com was first to report the news late Monday.
"We are excited to have an industry leader with an exceptional track record join the Starz team," said Greg Maffei, Liberty Media president and CEO. "With his extensive experience and success in creating compelling original content and building a premium pay channel, Chris is a recognized visionary in the creative community and uniquely qualified to lead Starz into the future."
"I am thrilled and honored to be asked to join a great company like Starz and to help take advantage of the challenges and opportunities emerging in media and entertainment," said Albrecht. "I have always seen Starz as a bold, entrepreneurial and growth-oriented brand - one that I believe will be a great home for me. I look forward to putting my experiences and interests to work with the talented management team at Liberty and Starz to create valued products for consumers and our affiliate partners."
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