Naming Starz vet another sign of solon's showbiz ties

WASHINGTON — New Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has tapped Starz Encore communications VP Paul Jacobson as his deputy press secretary, effective immediately.

Jacobson’s Capitol Hill appointment provided further indication that Frist, while a Republican, may prove to be a friend to the entertainment industry.

Repping Nashville as one of Tennessee’s senators, Frist has already developed a record of helping the music biz fight piracy.

Frist was voted in as Senate majority leader earlier this month by the GOP after Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) stepped down.

Jacobson, 44, actually began his career on Capitol Hill, where he worked as a deputy press secretary for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and as deputy press secretary for Sen. Warren Rudman (R-N.H.).

Upon leaving Washington, Jacobson was a spokesman for Comsat before becoming director of corporate communications for Denver-based Ascent Entertainment, which owned the NHL Colorado Avalanche and NBA Denver Nuggets.

The conglom also, through Beacon Communications, produced motion pictures, including “Air Force One.”

Jacobson joined Denver-based Starz Encore in 1998.

“Paul Jacobson has done an excellent job guiding our corporate communications team across a wide variety of initiatives, including new programming strategies and publicity, cable and satellite industry affairs, government and consumer relations, international business, technology and corporate affairs,” Starz Encore chair-CEO John Sie said in a statement.

“We will sorely miss him but understand fully Sen. Frist’s immediate need for Jake’s contribution in the senator’s new role as the Senate majority leader,” Sie said.

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