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Liberty Media raises Clasen

New CEO has net sign 7 new deals with distribs

NEW YORK — Liberty Media has upped Bob Clasen from president and chief operating officer of the Starz Entertainment Group to prez and CEO.

Robert Bennett, president and CEO of Liberty Media, said that since Clasen joined Starz as president of sales and marketing in September 2003, the network has signed affiliation deals with seven of Starz’s largest distributors and rolled out the network’s subscription-video-on-demand service to cable systems in the U.S.

Clasen replaces Mark Bauman, who has retired as interim CEO. Bauman took the interim job in June when John Sie, founder, chairman and CEO retired.

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