Starz orders ‘White Queen’

Callender reunites with Albrecht on new drama series

Colin Callender is reconnecting with his ex-HBO boss Chris Albrecht at Starz.

The former head of the movies and minis division at HBO will exec produce new series “The White Queen,” based on the novels by Philippa Gregory. Skein is set to air in 2013.

Set against the backdrop of England’s War of the Roses, the series will run for 10 episodes and will film in Belgium. Max Irons, James Frain and Rebecca Ferguson star.

Starz has secured all U.S. domestic and worldwide multiplatform distribution rights to “The White Queen” from All 3 Media Intl.

“The White Queen” will be written by Emma Frost and, in addition to Callender and Gregory, exec produced by John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Eurydice Gysel and Polly Hill.

Callender is also coming aboard Starz’s Miami Beach-set series “Magic City” as exec producer as part of his Playground shingle production deal with the pay cabler.

Starz is currently airing the second season of Kelsey Grammer series “Boss,” which has suffered from soft ratings.

Like “Boss,” “Magic City” and other series, Starz won’t shoot a pilot for “The White Queen,” preferring for straight-to-series order.