Chris Albrecht is assembling his team at Starz, appointing two HBO alums to senior posts.
John Penney has been named exec veep of strategy and business development for Starz. Carmi Zlotnik has been tapped managing director of the Starz Media unit housing the company’s production operations as well as Film Roman animation studio and Anchor Bay Entertainment homevid distrib. Both are based in its Beverly Hills office and report to Albrecht, who signed on to Starz in January as prexy and CEO.
Zlotnik and Penney previously worked with Albrecht at HBO and IMG Global Media. Appointments are part of a restructuring of Starz’s programming operations, which included some pinkslips handed Monday, as Albrecht takes a hands-on role in developing programming ( Daily Variety , April 20).