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Encore ups Shelanski to sr. VP, acquisitions

Exec to phase pay-TV nets into theatrical co-prod'n deals

NEW YORK — John Malone’s Encore Entertainment Group has promoted Stephan Shelanski from VP, program acquisitions, to senior VP, program acquisitions, planning and scheduling.

One of Shelanski’s new roles will be to lead the pay TV networks Encore and Starz! into theatrical co-production deals. Under this new initiative, pics would open at theaters and would later go to Encore and Starz! in an exclusive pay TV window.

Shelanski also will develop and produce all film-based documentary programming for Encore and Starz!, such as the monthly series “The Directors” and the 90-minute “Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock,” a biography of the celebrated director.

Shelanski will buy and schedule movies across all 13 of Encore’s domestic pay TV channels.

Before joining Encore in 1994, he was an executive with HBO for seven years.

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