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)

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Starz Moves into Lionsgate Orbit With Chris Albrecht's Exit

Starz Moves into Lionsgate Orbit With Chris Albrecht's Exit

The exit of Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has thrown a spotlight on the future of the premium channel in a hotly competitive and fast-evolving pay-TV environment.The bigger question centers on the fate of parent company Lionsgate, nearly two years after its $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz. Albrecht disclosed Feb. 1 that he will depart in March after a nine-year run building up the service that was owned by John Malone’s Liberty Media until it was spun off as a stand-alone...


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