STARZ hires Chris ALBRECHT – Former HBO Chairman

christarz has reported that Starz Entertainment has named the successor to outgoing CEO Robert Clasen, former Home Box Office honcho Chris Albrecht. Albrecht spent 22 years at HBO. He was responsible for programming “The Sopranos” and :Sex and the City.”

We are excited to have an industry leader with an exceptional track record join the Starz team,” said Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei in a statement. “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.”

“We have found the right set of skills and a record of success with Chris and are pleased to have him lead Starz,” said Liberty Media chairman John Malone said in a statement.

Albrecht said, “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,” Albrecht said in a statement. “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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