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Starz Head of PR Theano Apostolou to Step Down After 7 Years With Network

Starz head of Communications Theano Apostolou is leaving the company after seven years with the premium pay-tv channel. She’ll continue to consult there until a replacement is found. “Theano has played an integral role in making Starz a global entertainment company,” Starz president Chris Albrecht said. “Her creativity and passionate commitment to our success was a driving force in our evolution. Everyone at Starz thanks her and wishes her the best in this next step of her life.” “It’s been one of the most rewarding times in my career to work for Chris Albrecht and with the team at Starz,
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Starz Communications Chief Theano Apostolou Departing Premium Cabler

Exclusive: After seven years guiding Starz's communications ship, Theano Apostolou is leaving the premium cabler, I've learned. The Evp made the official announcement to her staff today at Starz's Beverly Hills HQ. A big part of Starz's rise to the nation’s second-most-subscribed premium cabler, Apostolou will stay on until a successor is determined at the Chris Albrecht-run outlet. That means, with a new awards season looming, Starz likely will still have ex-amc exec…
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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup

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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup
FremantleMedia North America has made a massive shift at the helm of its signature scripted series, “American Gods.” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who adapted the series from the Neil Gaiman novel, are departing the show, and it’s unclear how that might impact production on Season 2.

According to multiple insiders, Fremantle had a falling out with Fuller and Green due to a debate over budgets. One noted that Fremantle wasn’t factoring season-to-season cost increases, as well as an bump in the exchange rate with Canada, where the show is filmed. Ultimately, that would have meant a cut in the show’s episodic budget, which is already high because it doesn’t have any standing sets. Budget concerns forced an impasse between both sides, ultimately leading to the decision to part ways.

Both Fuller and Green have busy plates beyond “Gods,” which may have also led to the change.
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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup

‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup
FremantleMedia North America has made a massive shift at the helm of its signature scripted series, “American Gods.” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who adapted the series from the Neil Gaiman novel, are departing the show, and it’s unclear how that might impact production on Season 2.

According to multiple insiders, Fremantle had a falling out with Fuller and Green due to a debate over budgets. One noted that Fremantle wasn’t factoring season-to-season cost increases, as well as an bump in the exchange rate with Canada, where the show is filmed. Ultimately, that would have meant a cut in the show’s episodic budget, which is already high because it doesn’t have any standing sets. Budget concerns forced an impasse between both sides, ultimately leading to the decision to part ways.

Both Fuller and Green have busy plates beyond “Gods,” which may have also led to the change.
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Starz Moves Into Unscripted, Orders 4 Doc Series

Nearly eight years into its aggressive push into original programming, pay cable and Ott outlet Starz is now investing in unscripted programming, announcing the move Friday with a slate of four new series in the space.

"Unique voices and storytelling are the hallmarks of the Starz programming strategy, and we are proud to announce our investment in these filmmakers and the stories they passionately want to tell," said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. "With each project, we will explore and better understand our collective cultural history.”

It appears that the network will be taking a broad strategy with its...
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Starz Greenlights Four New Docuseries In Expansion Of Unscripted Programming

Starz is making its first foray into docuseries, greenlighting four new projects that explore the criminal justice system, a winning youth sports program from LeBron James and Maverick Carter, the world of fashion and the legacy of hip-hop music on American culture. Starz chief Chris Albrecht teased during the Lionsgate earnings call yesterday that the network would be focusing on diversification and would soon be announcing its move into docuseries, an arena that has…
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Survivor's Remorse to End After Sunday's Season 4 Finale

Survivor's Remorse to End After Sunday's Season 4 Finale
Survivor’s Remorse won’t survive to see another season: The sports comedy is ending after a four-season run on Starz.

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The upcoming Season 4 finale, set to air this Sunday, will serve as a series finale, TVLine has confirmed. Executive-produced by NBA superstar LeBron James, Remorse centered on basketball player Cam Calloway (Jesse T. Usher) and how he and his family adjusted to living the high-stakes lifestyle of a pro athlete.

Debuting back in 2014, Survivor’s Remorse garnered positive reviews and decent buzz — LeBron himself even guest-starred in a Season 2 episode
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'Survivor's Remorse' to End After 4 Seasons on Starz (Exclusive)

It's the end of the road for Survivor's Remorse.

The current fourth season of the Starz basketball comedy will be its last, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The season finale on Sunday will now serve as a series finale.

"We have been fortunate to work with incredible talents like Mike O’Malley, the executive producers and our cast on this very special show for four seasons," Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said Tuesday in a statement. "While this may be the end of the Calloways' story, we do believe that the themes Survivor’s Remorse confronted over the seasons, through a unique...
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Sweetbitter Ordered to Series at Starz, Based on Stephanie Danler Bestseller

Sweetbitter Ordered to Series at Starz, Based on Stephanie Danler Bestseller
Starz has ordered to series Sweetbitter, a half-hour drama based on the Stephanie Danler novel of the same name, TVLine has learned.

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For those unfamiliar with the source material, Sweetbitter is the coming-of-age story of Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City and begins working at a “celebrated downtown restaurant.” Before long, she finds herself immersed in “a world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars and fine dining,” and must learn to “navigate the chaotically alluring, yet punishing life she has stumbled upon,” per the series’ official logline.
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Latino Drama ‘Vida’ Lands Series Order at Starz

Latino Drama ‘Vida’ Lands Series Order at Starz
Starz has ordered the Latino drama “Vida” to series, the premium cabler announced Friday.

“Vida” is a half-hour drama series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity. Veronica Osorio has been cast in the role of Emma, with Melissa Barrera playing her sister, Lyn.

Osorio is a Venezuelan improviser and actress who moved to New York City to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2008. She has since relocated to Los Angeles and starred in the Coen Bros feature “Hail, Caesar!,” and the upcoming Soderbergh project “Mosaic.” She has also appeared as a guest star role on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” and Netflix’s “Girlboss.”

Barrera can be seen in the upcoming third season of “Club de Cuervos
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50 Cent Announces Three New Shows to Air on Starz

50 Cent has announced that he has three new shows in the works for Starz. The rapper currently stars and serves as an executive producer in Power, which is the network's highest-rated show.

In an Instagram post, 50 Cent revealed the shows are tentatively titled Bmf, Tomorrow Today and I Got Away. While he didn't elaborate on his role on the forthcoming shows or when they might air, in a separate post he did reveal that Power's next season may air sooner than expected. He also implied that the new deal inked is a lucrative one.
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Starz Pledges “Legal Action” Against ‘Power’ Leaker; Posted Episodes Online

As HBO deals with the hacking of its corporate correspondence and Game of Thrones scripts and leaks of the blockbuster, fellow premium cabler Starz is hitting back today against the leak of several upcoming episodes of Power. Heading into the last part of the fourth season of the Courtney Kemp created series, the Chris Albrecht run outlet is going to the legal mattresses for its biggest show. "The final three episodes of Power's fourth season were leaked online due to a…
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Starz Wants ‘American Gods’ to Run as Long as Possible [TCA 2017]

Starz Wants ‘American Gods’ to Run as Long as Possible [TCA 2017]
American Gods was met with immediate success and a green light for season 2. Speaking in front of the Television Critics Association, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said that the show could run indefinitely. Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, series creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have taken the show in other directions that mean […]

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Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer to co-produce new Starz supernatural thriller The Rook

Author: Zehra Phelan

Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer is all set to take up the producer’s chair in the supernatural spy thriller, The Rook, which is to be made into a TV series to be aired on the Starz Network.

The Rook will tell the story of a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia – surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves. Pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries, grappling with peculiar ‘abilities’ of her own, she must fight to uncover her past and resume her position at the head of Britain’s most secret (supernatural) service… before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.

Based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley, The Rook is adapted for the small screen by Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel, who will also be producing the series. Joining Meyer under their Fickle Fish Production banner will be Meghan Hibbett,
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Stephenie Meyer series The Rook coming to Starz

Starz has given a series order to Lionsgate and Liberty Global for a new supernatural spy thriller entitled The Rook, which comes from Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer and executive producer Stephen Garrett (The Night Manager) and is based upon the novel by Daniel O’Malley.

Deadline reports that The Rook is set in London and follows “a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. After waking in a park with total amnesia — and surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves — she must fight to uncover her past, and resume her position at the head of Britain’s most secret (supernatural) service before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.”

“A high-end series aimed right at the sweet spot of our audience, The Rook is a great addition to a Starz slate loaded with the most exciting new
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TCA Roundup: Elizabeth Smart Talks Autobiographical Films, Starz CEO Promotes Skinny Bundles

TCA Roundup: Elizabeth Smart Talks Autobiographical Films, Starz CEO Promotes Skinny Bundles
The Television Critics Association press tour arrived in Beverly Hills on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 9. Each day, Variety will publish a roundup of the most essential news items to come out of the day’s panels.

In today’s roundup, Elizabeth Smart talks about the two movies she is producing on her life, and Lifetime execs discuss its movie on the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

On a panel for A+E Networks, Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, talked about bringing her story to television with two different programming events. “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” a Lifetime movie, and “Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography,” a two-part documentary special, each come 15 years after Smart became a national story. Both programs will run on Lifetime and A+E. “I have a unique opportunity to share my story because there are so many survivors out there who struggle every day … they feel like no
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Starz Chief Chris Albrecht Talks Evolving Cable Landscape

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht is unmoved by the advent of skinny bundles — the low-cost, digitally distributed channel packages that have emerged to challenge traditional cable-television products.

“We’ve had no expectations because we really are not in charge of that,” Albrecht said Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. How many resources MVPDs are investing in pushing skinny-bundle products — Albrecht cited At&T’s DirecTV Now — is unclear to the premium channel chief. “It will continue to be a business that they invest in because they have to.”

The skinny bundles, he added, are marketed to customers who “are either downsizing or new customers,” Albrecht said. “I’m not sure that they have, and I know that we don’t have, a list of who’s who. I think that transition, certainly in the case of At&T is certainly not offsetting them shutting down their U-verse platform. So
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Starz Boss Chris Albrecht On Lionsgate Integration & ‘American Gods’ End Date

Seven months after Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz was completed, the effects of the merger are starting to reach the screen, with Starz today announcing the first series order to a show from Lionsgate TV, The Rook. It’s the first of many to come. “We've got an exciting slate of stuff with Lionsgate in development,” Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said during the premium channel’s TCA executive session. “There will be more to come in close partnership with…
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‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years

‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years
Starz chief Chris Albrecht wasn’t able to confirm exactly when we might see another season of “American Gods.” However, he did tell journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that there’s no end in sight for the supernatural fantasy drama.

Read More‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

“We’re on board as long as the show makes sense for Starz,” he said of the series, which is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. “The vision of Neil Gaiman is the guiding light for all of us, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the guiding lights of that.”

“Gods” has already been renewed for a second season, which is good news for fans, given that the first season didn’t even get through half of the story told in Gaiman’s original novel.
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‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years

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‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years
Starz chief Chris Albrecht wasn’t able to confirm exactly when we might see another season of “American Gods.” However, he did tell journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that there’s no end in sight for the supernatural fantasy drama.

Read More‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

“We’re on board as long as the show makes sense for Starz,” he said of the series, which is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. “The vision of Neil Gaiman is the guiding light for all of us, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the guiding lights of that.”

“Gods” has already been renewed for a second season, which is good news for fans, given that the first season didn’t even get through half of the story told in Gaiman’s original novel.
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