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HBO’s Eric Kessler Departs After 27 Years

4 October 2013 9:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated: HBO‘s president and COO Eric Kessler is leaving the company after 27 years. HBO CEO Richard Plepler just made the announcement in a company memo (read it below), highlighting Kessler’s accomplishments that include launching the network’s signature “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO” marketing campaign. The COO position will not be filled as part of executive streamlining. For the time being, Kessler’s reports Rob Roth, Otto Berkes, Shelley Brindle, Pam Levine and Simon Sutton will report to Plepler, with Kessler staying on to help with the transition. The departure leaves Plepler as the sole executive atop HBO with Michael Lombardo as his top lieutenant, capping a six-year transitional period after the 2007 departure of chairman/CEO Chris Albrecht. The initial HBO management structure featured a quintet of top executives: Bill Nelson succeeding Albrecht as HBO chairman/CEO, with Harold Akselrad, Kessler and Plepler as co-presidents, and Lombardo as West Coast president. »

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Starz Still Looks At Takeover Deals As It Beefs Up Original Programming

24 September 2013 9:33 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Starz has looked like takeover bait since January when Liberty Media spun off the premium networks company. And investment bankers “of every shape, color, and size have come to us to talk about their best ideas,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told investors this morning at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. But “there hasn’t been anything yet that makes sense to us.” So he continues to plug ahead with a strategy to boost the number of original shows Starz airs, and expand the number of platforms where the networks he controls are offered. Next year Starz should have about 50 hours of originals — and Albrecht says he’d like to increase that to about 75 hours, close to what HBO offers. “HBO has a lot of everything, including money.” He’s not certain how long it will take to get there because “those decisions haven’t been made yet” and the company »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Starz CEO Targets 75 Hours of Originals Per Year Over Time

24 September 2013 3:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told a Goldman Sachs investor conference on Tuesday that while his firm has been mentioned as a possible acquisition target or acquirer, his team has so far mostly focused on its business plan as a standalone business. Asked how many hours of originals Starz was likely to have in three to five years, he said that after 50 hours of original programs in 2014, Starz could have 75 hours within a few years, similar to what competitors Showtime and HBO are offering in terms of scripted programming. "We would like to be in that competitive category

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Starz Developing Comedy Series With Lebron James

3 September 2013 10:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Starz is developing a half-hour comedy about the lives of people who made it out of their tough neighborhoods and found success called “Survivor’s Remorse.” It will develop the series with executive producers NBA player Lebron James and his Fenway Sports Group (Fsg) partners Maverick Carter, Paul Wachter and Tom Werner (“Roseanne,” “That 70s Show”). Former “Glee” actor Mike O’ Malley, who was a consulting producer on Showtime’s “Shameless,” will executive produce and write. “We are incredibly excited at Starz to work with such a deep bench of talented storytellers to develop ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’” said Starz’s CEO Chris Albrecht in a. »

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Starz to Develop Series Exec Produced by LeBron James

3 September 2013 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starz is developing a half-hour scripted comedy series, “Survivor’s Remorse,” which will be executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James.

The series is about two childhood friends who grow up and find success following a childhood in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Tom Werner — founder of the Carsey-Werner Co., which produced “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” and “That ‘70s Show” — is also on board as executive producer, as well as Mike O’Malley, who will serve as executive producer and writer.

In announcing the show, Starz chief executive officer Chris Albrecht said, “We are incredibly excited at Starz to work with such a deep bench of talented storytellers to develop ‘Survivor’s Remorse.’ Everyone involved brings something unique to the table – from Tom Werner’s legendary television success to LeBron’s extraordinary life experiences and point of view. We hope that ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ will bring the humor, »

- Daniel Goldblatt

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LeBron James Is Working On A Sitcom

3 September 2013 7:26 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York — After LeBron James won his second NBA championship this year, he talked about the improbability of his journey – ascending to world fame despite growing up with challenge after challenge in the inner city.

Now James plans to explore that theme as part of "Survivor's Remorse," a new show he's developing with Starz. While he won't star in the half-hour sitcom, he'll be one of the executive producers of the show, which will explore the lives of two men from the streets who attain fame – one is an NBA star and one is not – and how they deal with friends and families in the wake of that success.

"I think the main thing for me is, first of all, making it out of a place where you're not supposed to. You're supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner »

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Starz Teams Up with LeBron James for Comedy Series Survivor's Remorse

3 September 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced today that Starz will work with LeBron James, Tom Werner, Mike O'Malley, Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter to develop a half-hour scripted comedy series, "Survivor's Remorse," for Starz. The series will explore the complexity, comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand . what truly happens when you make it out. Through a combination of God-given talent and north Philly grit, Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn have achieved fame and fortune that neither could have imagined growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Philadelphia But success comes with its own challenges, and the cousins and confidantes wrestle with the rewards of money, stardom, love, and occasionally, the guilt »

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Former Turner Vice Chairman Andrew Heller Joins Starz Board

19 August 2013 7:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Andrew Heller was former vice chairman of Turner Broadcasting System before retiring this spring after 27-plus years at Time Warner. As president of Turner Networks Sales, he ran the distribution of 10 domestic networks to the cable, satellite and telco industries, while also serving as chairman of Turner Private Networks. The former Time Warner counsel also helped spearhead the company’s TV Everywhere initiatives. “Andy’s long industry career and deep understanding of the business of media and programming will serve Starz well”, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement today announcing Heller’s election to the board of directors. »

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Starz Adds Former Turner Top Executive Andrew Heller to Board

19 August 2013 7:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Premium TV company Starz said Monday that it has added Andrew Heller, former vice chairman of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System, to its board of directors. Heller has served on the advisory boards of several media, entertainment and academic organizations. “Andy’s long industry career and deep understanding of the business of media and programming will serve Starz well," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "We look forward to his contributions as the newest member of our board of directors.”   Heller retired from TBS earlier this year after more than 27 years at Time Warner. As a past president

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Starz Adds Andrew T. Heller to Board of Directors

19 August 2013 7:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Andrew T. Heller, former vice chairman of Turner Broadcasting System, has joined Starz’ board of directors.

“Andy’s long industry career and deep understanding of the business of media and programming will serve Starz well,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of the pay TV company.

Heller, a member of Arris Enterprises’ board of directors, retired from TBS earlier this year. He previously served as prez of Turner Network Sales, handling the distribution of domestic nets to cable, satellite and telco industries. He also served as chairman of Turner Private Networks. »

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Producer Mark Canton Inks First Look Deal With Starz

6 August 2013 12:23 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Starz has entered into a first-look deal with feature producer Mark Canton (300 franchise). Under the pact, Canton will focus on developing and producing original programming for the pay cable network. Canton is already in business with Starz, serving as an executive producer on the  upcoming eight-episode drama series, Power. Created by Courtney Kemp-Agboh, exec produced by Kemp-Agboh, Canton, Curtis “50” Cent Jackson, Randall Emmett and David Knoller and co-produced by CBS TV Studios, Power tells the story of a wealthy New York City nightclub owner living a double life as the drug kingpin. “Mark’s success making breakthrough entertainment is singular, and we look forward to our partnership,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said. With its striking visual style, the Canton-produced 300 has influenced a slew of other productions, including Starz’s hit series Spartacus. “Chris Albrecht and his team at Starz have given me the opportunity to jump head first into the episodic television arena, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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See James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 1st 'Enough Said' Trailer (Video)

6 August 2013 11:12 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It's not your standard meet-cute: In the first trailer for "Enough Said," Albert (James Gandolfini) and Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) bond at a party over a mutual lack of attraction to -- everyone in attendance. In his penultimate performance, Gandolfini plays a divorcee who begins dating another -- and though it's not quite love at first, second or third sight, it does come. Also read: TCA: James Gandolfini Remembered by Starz's Chris Albrecht In the first trailer for the film, the two middle-aged parents eventually find that they have more in common than they thought -- including »

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Magic City: Season Three Decision Coming Soon

5 August 2013 9:17 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Chris Albrecht, the CEO of Starz, says the cable channel hasn't made a decision about the fate of Magic City yet.

At the TCA Summer Press Tour, he said, "Our policy process is one or two seasons of a show to really get behind something if we like the work... We have a couple of little surprises in our pocket in store, so I can't reveal too much other than you'll have the answer to your question soon."

Magic City hasn't grown it's small audience in season two and has been performing the same as season one, drawing 430,000 viewers for each episode's initial airing. That's less than half of what the Spartacus series drew (1.0 million) and only a bit better than Boss (360,000) which was cancelled after two seasons.

It's difficult to judge what Starz will do but it's hard »

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Starz Cancels ‘Magic City’ After Two Seasons

5 August 2013 4:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The lights are set to go out on “Magic City,” as Starz pulls the plug on the period drama after two seasons.

The finale episode of “Magic City” will air Friday.

Announcement arrives on the heels of Starz head Chris Albrecht stating at the pay TV net’s TCA session that the fate of “Magic City” would be determined by the performance of its closing season two episodes.

“’Magic City’ will be concluding its two-season run on Starz with Friday’s series finale,” Starz said in a statement. “We are tremendously proud of the series and everyone involved. From the writers, to the cast and crew, it has been an incredible collaboration. This was a story born from Mitch Glazer’s singular vision of Miami, the Magic City of his childhood, and we are grateful to him for bringing it to life on Starz. The season’s story arc will »

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Starz’ ‘Magic City’ To End Run After Two Seasons, Series Finale Airs Friday

5 August 2013 4:19 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: It is the end of the road for Starz‘s Magic City. The pay cable network has opted not to order a third season of the period drama, with the Season 2 finale on Friday serving as a series finale. Magic City, which chronicled the collision of mobsters, politicians and entertainers at a posh Miami hotel in 1959, just as Fidel Castro took control of Cuba, was created by Mitch Glazer based his own recollection of growing up in Miami. “We are tremendously proud of the series and everyone involved,” Starz said in a statement. “From the writers, to the cast and crew, it has been an incredible collaboration. This was a story born from Mitch Glazer’s singular vision of Miami, the Magic City of his childhood, and we are grateful to him for bringing it to life on Starz. The season’s story arc will allow us to deliver »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Will Starz' 'Boss' return as a movie?

4 August 2013 2:58 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Will Kelsey Grammer return as the Boss in a movie?

One of his co-stars from the short-lived Starz drama Boss said today that it’s a possibility. While participating in a press conference for her new ABC drama Betrayal, Hannah Ware — who played Grammer’s drug-addicted daughter in the series about Chicago politics — hinted that there’s talk of wrapping up the drama in a flick.

“We had a great ending but they still hope to do it in a film format,” Ware told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I can’t tell you!”

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- Lynette Rice

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Series Based On Stallone’s ‘Cop Land’ In The Works At Starz

4 August 2013 10:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Miramax and Us cable network Starz have confirmed plans to collaborate on a small-screen project based on the studio’s acclaimed feature film, Cop Land. The 1997 gritty crime thriller followed a suburban New Jersey sheriff, played by Sylvester Stallone, who discovers his quiet town, home to countless New York cops, is actually front for mob connections and corruption. The film was directed by James Mangold and in my opinion features Stallone’s finest ever performance. It also included a jaw-dropping supporting cast of Robert De NiroHarvey Keitel, Peter Berg, Robert Patrick, Annabella Sciorra, Ray Liotta and many of the later cast of The Sopranos.

Speaking of The Sopranos, Chris Albrecht, who put brought that legendary series to HBO, is now chief at Starz so expect this Cop Land series to have the mob-centred feel. Director James Mangold will also executive produce (alongside Cathy Konrad and Adam Fields) as well »

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Starz Prepares To Develop A Comedy But Will “Tread Cautiously”

1 August 2013 10:17 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The project to be announced “soon” will be the first half-hour sitcom developed by Starz since CEO Chris Albrecht took charge in 2010, he told analysts today. (Earlier Starz had comedies including Head Case, Party Down, and Gravity.) But it doesn’t represent a shift from his focus on dramas. Albrecht says he plans to “tread cautiously” and won’t “open the floodgates” to hear pitches for comedies that were rejected elsewhere. Speaking broadly about his originals, Albrecht says that “we look at all of these shows as individual businesses.” He’s cool to adding sports. “The investment is great, and the return is de minimus,” he says. And while he loves documentaries, “they’re found all over the dial” and he doesn’t yet see one that he believes would work for his premium networks. For the most part Albrecht used his call to reinforce his belief that Starz can thrive as an independent company. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Starz Beats Q2 Earnings Expectations With Increase In Weinstein Co Titles

1 August 2013 5:51 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The numbers look good, even though they were helped by one-time developments including an increase in the number and performance of films it distributes for The Weinstein Co. Starz reported net income of $66.M, -5.1% vs last year’s Q2, on revenues of $517.4M, +28.5%. The top line was well above the $406.8M that analysts expected. Earnings at 52 cents a share also beat forecasts for 42 cents. Starz says it had a $18.6M one-time gain as two new affiliation agreements enabled it to recognize deferred revenue, in addition to the help from Weinstein. That was partly offset by a reduction in its productions at the Film Roman animation studio. Ad and marketing costs also rose as it promoted two original series vs one in the same period last year. Starz subscriptions increased 5% from a year ago to 21.8M while Encore was +3% to 35.1M. “Our plan for original programming is increasing in both »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Starz Second-Quarter Earnings Drop, But Beat Estimates as Subscribers Rise

1 August 2013 2:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Premium TV company Starz on Thursday reported mostly higher second-quarter financials as it continued to grow its subscribers and beat Wall Street expectations. Starz's stock was up 7 percent as of 10:50am Et. The firm, led by CEO Chris Albrecht, posted earnings of $66.0 million, compared with $69.6 million in the year-ago period. Revenue jumped 29 percent to $517.4 million. Operating profit rose 16 percent to $116.1 million. And adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization, another metric of profitability, rose 19 percent to $129.5 million. On a conference call with analysts, Albrecht

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