Melissa Harper, Richard Hartig

Starz has upped Melissa Harper and Richter Hartig to senior vice presidents in original programming production, it was announced today. Harper will serve as senior veep of production, and Hartig senior v.p. of original programming production finance.

“Melissa and Richter have accomplished a great deal as the volume and complexity of our projects has increased,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. “Melissa has become a recognized leader in domestic and international production. She has a keen eye for details and nuances when it comes to production and her expertise has grown to include sophisticated production planning, VFX and stunts. Richter does equally important work for us as a financial whiz, managing domestic and international tax incentives and currency exchange rates valuation analytics to ensure we stay within our budgetary parameters. He is a trusted leader on my team in working with the senior Finance group.”

Harper’s recent work at the pay TV company includes “Boss,” “Spartacus,” “Magic City” and “The White Queen,” along with forthcoming series “Black Sails,” “Power” and “Outlander.” She has been with Starz since 2006.

Hartig has also been with the company since 2006, and has served in various programming biz roles.

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