‘Becoming Elizabeth’ Canceled At Starz

Lionsgate Confirms Plan To Separate Studio And Starz

Lionsgate today confirmed today that it remains on track to separate Starz and its studio business despite volatile markets, noting that it’s now focusing on spinning off the studio, instead of the other way around. “As negotiations progress we have increased our focus on the possibility of spinning our studio business, creating a number of financial and strategic benefits. In that regard, we are continuning productive negotiations with prospective strategic and financial partners on both sides of our business,” the company said in an SEC filing Wednesday. It said it remains on a path to complete a transaction despite “volatile market conditions.”

Starz Could Turn Into An ‘Acquisition Machine’ After Lionsgate Spins It Off

Lionsgate: Starz Should Be Spun Off By End Of Summer

Lionsgate confirmed Thursday that it is looking to spin off Starz and said it should have a deal in place by the end of the summer, with closure occurring by the end of this year. “We are engaged in a robust and productive process with our bankers and a number of potential strategic and financial partners,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told equity analysts during Lionsgate’s fiscal 4Q earnings call. Roku, Apollo Global, Canal Plus and DirecTV are all bidders.

Roku And Apollo Global Team To Bid For Stake In Starz

Roku Inc. has teamed with private-equity firm Apollo Global Management to bid for a minority stake in the pay TV and streaming service Starz, which is known for series like Outlander and Power, according to people familiar with the situation.

‘Outlander’: Starz Sets Season 6 Return Date

Starz Names Kathryn Busby President Of Original Programming

Lionsgate Exploring Starz Sale Or Spinoff

Lionsgate says it’s exploring options for Starz is news that is sure to heat up the M&A rumor mill. The company made the announcement in an SEC filing as it reported quarterly earnings Thursday.

IATSE Strike Wouldn’t Hit HBO, Showtime, BET And Starz Shows

“If you are working on commercials or for HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, BET or another company that has a contract still in effect – you must keep working,” IATSE informed its members. “You will not be a scab!” (Image: HBO; IATSE; BET)

Starz Promotes Superna Kalle To President, International Networks

Starz Programming Chief Christina Davis Exits

Starz Slaps Disney With Copyright Suits

Starz wants Disney to change the name of its upcoming Latin America streaming service, Star+. The Lionsgate-owned network filed copyright infringement lawsuits against Disney in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Starz is arguing that the name of Disney’s forthcoming streaming service is too similar with Starz, particularly its own streaming service StarzPlay, which operates in 58 countries worldwide and has been available in Latin America since 2019.

Courteney Cox Horror Comedy Series Shining Vale Greenlit At Starz

‘American Gods’ Canceled At Starz

‘Outlander’ Renewed For Season 7 At Starz

The news comes as the show is currently in production on Season 6, which was supposed to begin last year but was delayed due to the pandemic. Season 7 of the popular series will be based on the seventh book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone. It will consist of 12 episodes.

Starz Promotes Karen Bailey To EVP, Original Programming

Lauren Townsend Steps Down As EVP Communications At Starz

Lionsgate, Starz Production ‘Ramping Up Very, Very Quickly’ In Wake Of Pandemic

MGM Seeks Dismissal Of Almost All Of Starz’s Claims In Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Windows

‘Hightown’ Renewed For Season 2 By Starz

Starz Hits MGM With Exclusivity Lawsuit

Christina Davis To Lead Starz Original Programming

Starz has named Christina Davis to lead its original programming team. Davis, a producer and former CBS executive, will be president original programming at the premium cable outlet. She fills the post formerly held by Carmi Zlotnik, who departed in January after a decade and signed an exclusive producing deal at Apple soon after that.

Starz Streaming Usage Up 44% During Pandemic

Starz Ups Hoffman To Domestic Nets President

Alison Hoffman, chief marketing officer at Starz, has been promoted to the newly created role of president, domestic networks. Hoffman will assume some of the operational oversight that Jeffrey Hirsch had a COO, before he was named president and CEO of the premium network in September.

‘Vida’ To End With Season 3 On Starz

Comcast Removes Starz From Program Packages

Starz Programming Head Carmi Zlotnik Leaving

Carmi Zlotnik Steps Down As Starz President Of Programming

Comcast And Starz Reach Carriage Deal

Resolving a closely tracked negotiation, Comcast and Starz said Monday they have entered into a long-term carriage deal, more than a week before the Dec. 31 expiration date for the previous contract. Along with the pay-TV agreement, a content deal was announced between Starz parent Lionsgate and Comcast’s NBCUniversal. The content pact will see programming from Lionsgate’s library go to NBCU’s forthcoming streaming service Peacock, with NBCU fare streaming on StarzPlay.

‘Weeds’ Sequel Series In The Works At Starz

DOJ Eyeing Comcast’s Starz Pricing Plan

Officials within the DOJ’s antitrust division are looking into Comcast’s announcement last week that it will replace 17 Starz channels in its Xfinity TV package with movie channel Epix amid complaints, including by some U.S. senators, that the move is anticompetitive, sources say.

Starz Warns Comcast Subs Channels May Go Dark

Lionsgate’s Starz has begun warning subscribers that its 17 channels could be dropped and replaced by Comcast as soon as Dec. 10. The simmering dispute has led to reports that Lionsgate is considering spinning off Starz, which it bought for $4.4 billion in 2016.

Lionsgate Eyes Spinning Off Starz

The studio is looking to unlock hidden value in the premium cable channel as it expands in the streaming space with popular shows like Power and Outlander.

Starz Ups Jeffrey Hirsch To CEO

Lionsgate has promoted Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch to president and CEO of the premium network, inking a new long-term contract. He had been named chief operating officer in 2016 and has been running the network since the March exit of former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.

ViacomCBS Unlikely to Pursue Starz — For Now

CBS may have previously expressed interest in acquiring Lionsgate-owned Starz, but now that the Eye has merged with Viacom, it’s unlikely that the newly formed ViacomCBS would look to actively pursue the premium cabler in the near term.

AT&T, Starz Strike Multi-Year Carriage Deal

AT&T and Lionsgate-owned Starz have reached a new multi-year carriage deal, avoiding a disruption of the premium network’s offerings on AT&T’s DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse cable platforms. The agreement encompasses Starz and Starz Encore linear and HD channels, on-demand and online services.

Starz COO Touts Global Streaming Expansion

“We are running into the global arena faster than anybody,” Jeff Hirsch told an investors conference as he decided against commenting on CBS possibly eyeing the premium cable channel as an acquisition target for $5 billion.

CBS Unlikely To Pay Lionsgate’s Price For Starz

Lionsgate’s chances of selling its Starz TV network to CBS for $5.5 billion just shrank — by about $2 billion. Investors in the film studio behind The Hunger Games made it abundantly clear this week that they don’t see CBS writing a $5 billion-plus check to Lionsgate to acquire Starz, the channel behind The Spanish Queen and other popular miniseries.

Starz Programming EVP Fernandez Stepping Down

CBS Made Informal Offer To Acquire Starz

CBS Corp. has expressed interest in acquiring cable channel Starz from Lionsgate Entertainment, according to four people familiar with the situation. CBS has been looking at the acquisition as a possible complement to Viacom, which CBS also is considering purchasing, said three of the people.