Chris Albrecht
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Chris
Albrecht

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.

Career

  • HBO
  • Starz
  • IMG Global Media

Education

  • Hofstra University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Legendary Merges Domestic, Global TV Operations Under Chris Albrecht; CAA Vet Danny Grover to Head Business Affairs

Legendary Merges Domestic, Global TV Operations Under Chris Albrecht; CAA Vet Danny Grover to Head Business Affairs

Legendary is combining its international and domestic television businesses in a bid to better position itself in a streaming-heavy world.Chris Albrecht, who has expanded his leadership role since last fall, will lead the merged business as head of Legendary TV, while president of TV Nick Pepper will shift into an executive producing role on the company's projects.Former HBO and Starz head Albrecht had initially teamed up with Legendary at the end of 2019 on a Legendary-backed venture to produce and...

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