Chris Albrecht email prompted Overture shakeup

Blackberry_boffo Starz prexy Chris Albrecht may want to trade in that blackberry for an iPhone.

According to the LATimes, Albrecht mistakenly sent a mass email on July 1 which subsequently led to the resignation of Overture chief executive officer Chris McGurk and chief operating officer Danny Rosett (first reported by Variety).

Here’s how it went down: On July 1, the Starz president apparently flew to Spain for a little vacay. Upon his arrival, Albrecht checked his blackberry for any new messages when he saw an email from Starz executives re: the future of McGurk and Rosett, who had gotten into a disagreement with Albrecht before his trip abroad over the lack of funding for three upcoming Overture movies.

Albrecht_boffo So in a moment of haste, Albrecht responded to the McGurk/Rosett email suggesting that upon his return on July 12 he and the brass at Starz would meet and discuss the duo’s removal from the company.

But instead of replying to the original email, Albrecht mistakenly responded to a different email about Starz employees getting a half day on Friday, July 2. That email, in turn, went to all 400 employees at the company, including McGurk and Rosett. (Doh!) McGurk and Rosett resigned later that afternoon.

A Starz spokesperson told the Times:

“Chris Albrecht inadvertently sent an e-mail to the whole company that was supposed to go just to senior executives at Starz. In it, he discussed the removal of Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett. It was an unfortunate and embarrassing mistake and Albrecht and the company immediately apologized to McGurk and Rosett.”

Moral of the story: make sure you know who’s on the other end before you click ‘Send.’

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