Chris Albrecht
Jessica Sample
United States

Starz Networks


President / CEO

Sitting atop the channel, Albrecht works to counterpunch the programming of premium cablers like HBO, where he once helped usher in prestige TV. Many Starz shows feel like a direct response to HBO hits — “Outlander” as a femme-centered alternative to “Game of Thrones,” “American Gods” and “Counterpart” as brainy sci-fi/fantasy answers to “Westworld” — but Albrecht has distinguished himself most by appealing to the underserved. “Power” is thriving in its fifth season, and Albrecht added acclaimed new series “Vida” and “Sweetbitter,” both by and about women, and documentary shows “America to Me” and “Warriors of Liberty City.” The lesson: Diversity sells, especially when it can target multiple segments and give everyone something to watch.


  • HBO
  • Starz Networks
  • IMG Global Media


  • Hofstra University (NY, USA)

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Chris Albrecht Drops Price on Brentwood Villa (EXCLUSIVE)

Chris Albrecht Drops Price on Brentwood Villa (EXCLUSIVE)

The asking price for influential entertainment executive Chris Albrecht’s desirably private mini-mansion in a particularly plummy pocket of Los Angeles’ ritzy Brentwood community is now $7.5 million. That is substantially below the optimistic original asking price of not quite $9 million but still a small fortune above the $5.6 million the Starz president and CEO paid for the Mediterranean-style villa in the spring of 2005.The slightly more than 7,000-square-foot residence, built in 2004, sits on nearly half an acre at...


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