Programming executive Christina Davis has been named Starz’s president of original programming and will lead programming and development for the service. The move follows Carmi Zlotnik’s departure as president of programming in late January.
“Christina has established an impressive track record in developing successful, quality drama series and building lasting, fruitful relationships within the creative community which I believe will allow us to fully execute on the creative vision we have set for Starz,” said Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch. “She is a welcome addition to the leadership team and we look forward to bringing her talent and experience to bear in producing best in class, premium content that will resonate with audiences and continue to elevate the platform around the world.”
Previously the executive vice president of drama series development at CBS Entertainment between 2009 to 2017, Davis developed the “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises, as well as “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “Scorpion,” “Bull,” “MacGyver” and “Code Black.”
Davis came up in the CBS drama series department in 1997 as an assistant to then-drama head Nina Tassler. Since leaving CBS three years ago, she founded TV production company Maniac Productions at ABC Studios with writer-producer Michael Seitzman.
“I am so excited to be joining the incredible team at Starz. This is a company I greatly admire for its critically acclaimed series, as well as the way Jeff has led the growth of its global audience, through both traditional linear television and the rapid expansion of the STARZ App,” said Davis. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to help guide such an extraordinary network into a thrilling new period of growth and look forward to working with the best creators in television to tell bold, captivating stories that audiences will be truly passionate about.”