Chris Albrecht
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At the top of Starz, Albrecht worked 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 distinguished himself most by appealing to the underserved. “Power” thrived in its fifth season, while 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. Albrecht stepped down as Starz President & CEO in March 2019.


  • HBO
  • Starz Networks
  • IMG Global Media


  • Hofstra University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Chris Albrecht Teams With Legendary for International TV Production Venture (EXCLUSIVE)

Chris Albrecht Teams With Legendary for International TV Production Venture (EXCLUSIVE)

Former HBO and Starz chief Chris Albrecht is teaming with Legendary on a venture designed to produce and finance TV series for the international market.The deal calls for Legendary and Albrecht to form a new, still-unnamed entity that will operate separately from Legendary TV but still have access to Legendary's production infrastructure and administrative support services.Albrecht aims to take advantage of the heightened demand for TV content around the world, as well as growing concerns by big players overseas that...


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