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Christina Davis, Starz’s President of Original Programming, Steps Down

Christina Davis, Starz’s President of Original Programming, Steps Down
Christina Davis is leaving her position as Starz’s president of original programming after just a little more than a year.

“Christina Davis has decided to resign her position to pursue other opportunities,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline. “We wish her the best and thank her for her contributions during the past year.”

Karen Bailey, executive vice president of original programming, will lead the programming team while Starz searches for a permanent successor.

Davis came aboard last year following the departure of Carmi Zlotnik, who left the pay-cable network for a producing deal with Apple. Zlotnick had been with Starz for 10 years.

During her brief tenure, Starz launched “Blindspotting,” and has the upcoming “Gaslit,” “The Serpent Queen” and “Black Mafia Family.”

This year, Starz launched its #TakeTheLead diversity and inclusion initiative. Nearly two-thirds of Starz original series feature nonwhite actors or actresses in the lead roles,
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Christina Davis Steps Down as Starz President of Original Programming

Christina Davis Steps Down as Starz President of Original Programming
Christina Davis is stepping down as president of original programming at Starz, Variety has confirmed.

“Christina Davis has decided to resign her position to pursue other opportunities,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “We wish her the best and thank her for her contributions during the past year.”

The news comes a little over a year after Davis first joined the premium cabler, taking over the role previously held by Carmi Zlotnik. Zlotnik had left Starz in January 2020 to pursue a production deal at Apple TV Plus.

Davis’ hiring was first reported in March 2020, meaning that despite being the head of original programming for the network for a year, she never got to meet her team in person due to the workplace shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The search is now on for her replacement. In the meantime, executive vice president of original programming Karen Bailey will lead Davis’ team,
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Starz Programming Chief Christina Davis Exits

Starz Programming Chief Christina Davis Exits
Starz president of original programming Christina Davis is leaving the premium cable outlet.

Davis’ departure comes just 13 months after she joined Starz, taking over for former programming chief Carmi Zlotnik. Having started her job during the pandemic, she never had the chance to work in person with her team.

“Christina Davis has decided to resign her position to pursue other opportunities,” said a Starz spokesperson. “We wish her the best and thank her for her contributions during the past year.”

During her time at Starz, Davis greenlit shows including the recently premiered Blindspotting, Watergate drama Gaslit, Black ...
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Starz Names Christina Davis President of Original Programming

Starz Names Christina Davis President of Original Programming
Starz has named Christina Davis as head of original programming.

She replaces Carmi Zlotnik, who left the pay-cable network in January for a producing deal with Apple.

“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,” Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said. “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.”

Also Read: Former Starz Programming Chief Carmi Zlotnik Signs Production Deal With Apple

Davis previously served as executive vice president, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment, a role she held from 2009 – 2017. She co-founded the television production company Maniac Productions,
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Starz Appoints Christina Davis President of Original Programming

Starz Appoints Christina Davis President of Original Programming
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,
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Starz Names Christina Davis President Of Original Programming

Exclusive: Former CBS head of drama Christina Davis has joined Starz as President Of Original Programming. She succeeds Carmi Zlotnik, who stepped down as President of Programming of the premium cable network in January.

Overseeing Starz’s original programming slate, Davis will report to the company’s President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch, who led the extensive executive search and considered a number of candidates before appointing Davis.

The CBS alumna, who is very well liked in the creative community, will be tasked with leading Starz’s programming and development team.This marks a return to the executive ranks for Davis who had been partnered with writer-producer Michael Seitzman in Maniac Productions for the past two and a half years under an overall deal at ABC Studios. With her background as an accomplished network development executive and a prominent Latina in the TV business, Davis is a fitting choice to lead
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Christina Davis to Lead Starz Original Programming

Starz has named Christina Davis to lead its original programming team.

Davis, a producer and former CBS executive, will be president of original programming at the premium cable outlet. She fills the post formerly held by Carmi Zlotnik, who departed in January after a decade and signed an exclusive producing deal at Apple soon after that.

Under CEO Jeffrey Hirsch, to whom Davis will report, Starz has made its mission to create premium programming for women and diverse audiences.

"Christina has established an impressive track record in developing successful, quality drama series and building lasting, fruitful relationships within the creative community ...
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Lionsgate Rides Film Gains To Q3 Revenue Beat, But Earnings Miss Forecasts

  • Deadline
Lionsgate reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter, with revenue of $998.5 million comfortably exceeding Wall Street estimates but adjusted earnings of 14 cents per share undershooting forecasts for 18 cents.

Like other traditional media peers, Lionsgate had sought to manage the message of taking a hit to the balance sheet in order to invest in streaming. It has said it plans to put about $150 million into Starz International in fiscal 2020. The outlay has been generating results for Starz, with 2.1 million Ott subscribers being added in the period, for a total of 8.6 million. Overall global subscribers reached 28.5 million.

It was an eventful quarter, with the company inking a carriage agreement with Comcast for pay-tv network Starz and the film division releasing a commercial and critical hit with Knives Out.

The film operation, which has been making strides after stumbling in the latter part of 2018, saw revenue rise 30% in the quarter, to $473.9 million.
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Cecily Strong to Star in Apple Musical Comedy From ‘SNL’ Creator Lorne Michaels

Cecily Strong to Star in Apple Musical Comedy From ‘SNL’ Creator Lorne Michaels
Apple is in final negotiations for a musical comedy that would star “SNL” cast member Cecily Strong.

The series revolves around a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship who discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they’re in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.”

The untitled series is co-created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (“Despicable Me” franchise). Paul will serve as showrunner. Strong will produce in addition to star, and Daurio (“Despicable Me” franchise) will serve as consulting producer. “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels will executive produce under his Broadway Video production company.

Strong has been with “SNL” since 2012. She joins Aidy Bryant and Kenan Thompson as “SNL” cast members that have
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Former Starz Programming Chief Carmi Zlotnik Signs Production Deal With Apple

Two days after stepping down as programming president at Starz, Carmi Zlotnik has moved over to Apple with an exclusive producer deal.

Zlotnik, who had been with Starz for 10 years, will leave the pay-cable channel at the end of January. His deal with Apple begins next month.

While at Starz, Zlotnik oversaw the development and production of such series as “Power,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Vida,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “The White Queen,” “Black Sails,” “Magic City” and “Spartacus,” as well as upcoming series like “High Town,” “Power Book II: Ghost.”

Also Read: Carmi Zlotnik to Exit as Starz President of Programming

Zlotnik’s departure from Starz came nearly a year after Chris Albrecht left as CEO of the network. Zlotnick and Albrecht have a long history together, both during their tenures with Starz but also at HBO, which Albrecht ran as CEO from 2002-2007. Albrecht was replaced at Starz by Jeffrey Hirsch last year.
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Carmi Zlotnik Inks Apple Deal After Starz Exit

Carmi Zlotnik has signed an exclusive producer deal at Apple TV Plus, Variety has confirmed.

The news comes days after it was announced that he would be stepping down president of programming at Starz. Zlotnik’s deal with Apple will begin next month, as he transitions from his post at the premium cabler.

Zlotnik has been with Starz since 2010, overseeing the development and production of “Power,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Vida,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “The White Queen,” “Black Sails,” “Magic City,” and ”Spartacus,” in addition to the forthcoming “High Town,” and “Power” spinoffs, including “Power, Book II: Ghost.”

Prior to Zlotnik’s time at Starz, he served as head of operations for global media at Img, and before that, as an exec at HBO. At HBO, he served as executive vice president of new media programming and exec VP of creative operations, business development and new media, and helped to kickstart
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Carmi Zlotnik Inks Exclusive Producer Deal With Apple

Exclusive: Carmi Zlotnik, who just stepped down as President of Programming at Starz, has signed an exclusive producer deal with Apple. Zlotnik’s deal with Apple will begin next month, as he transitions from his post at the Lionsgate-owned network. The pact comes as the streamer is looking to expand its slate of originals worldwide.

Since joining Starz in 2010, Zlotnik oversaw the development and production of such series as Power, Outlander, American Gods, Vida, The Girlfriend Experience, The White Queen limited series franchise, Black Sails, Magic City and Spartacus as well as upcoming High Town, and the Power spinoffs including Power, Book II: Ghost.

Zlotnik arrived at Starz following a stint at Img as Head of Operations for Global Media. Prior to Img, he had a long tenure at HBO where he held various senior management positions, including Evp New Media Programming and Evp Creative Operations, Business Development & New Media,
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Starz Programming Chief Moves to Apple

File this one under "that was fast."

Two days after stepping down from his post as Starz programming president, Carmi Zlotnik has moved to Apple, signing an exclusive producing deal with the tech company. Under the pact, which begins next month, he will help the iPhone maker expand its slate of scripted originals worldwide. 

Zlotnik, who presented Starz's originals Hightown, Outlander and Vida to reporters earlier this month at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, will step down from his position at Starz following a decade with the cabler. He will remain on board through the ...
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Starz’s Carmi Zlotnik Exits as President of Programming to ‘Pursue New Creative Endeavors’

Carmi Zlotnik, Starz’s president of programming, is exiting the company after a decade with the premium cabler to “pursue new creative endeavors,” Variety has learned.

Zlotnik has been with the company since 2010, overseeing the development and production of “Power,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Vida,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “The White Queen,” “Black Sails,” “Magic City,” and ”Spartacus,” in addition to the forthcoming “High Town,” and “Power” spinoffs, including “Power, Book II: Ghost.”

He will consult with Starz to support the transition, according to the company. Zlotnik’s exit follows the departure, nearly a year ago, of Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, after which the top post was left vacant.

“Carmi’s track record speaks for itself,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, Starz’s president and CEO, in a statement. “He has been a valued member of the Starz team for nearly a decade, helping to build the Starz original programming team and strategy from
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Carmi Zlotnik to Exit as Starz President of Programming

Carmi Zlotnik will step down as president of programming for Starz, the pay cable network confirmed.

Zlotnik, who has been with Starz for 10 years, will leave at the end of January.

Zlotnik’s departure comes nearly a year after Chris Albrecht left as CEO of the network. Zlotnick and Albrecht have a long history together, both during their tenures with Starz but also at HBO, which Albrecht ran as CEO from 2002-2007. Albrecht was replaced at Starz by Jeffrey Hirsch last year.

While at Starz, Zlotnik oversaw the development and production of such series as “Power,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Vida,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “The White Queen,” “Black Sails,” “Magic City” and “Spartacus,” as well as upcoming series like “High Town,” “Power Book II: Ghost.”

“Carmi’s track record speaks for itself. He has been a valued member of the Starz team for nearly a decade, helping to build the Starz
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Carmi Zlotnik Steps Down As Starz President of Programming

Exclusive: Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming at Starz, will be leaving the Lionsgate-owned network after 10 years. Zlotnik will be exiting his post at the end of the month but will continue to consult with Starz throughout the transition while firming up his next career move.

.Zlotnik’s departure has been in the works for awhile. He became the most senior Starz executive with programming background following the March 2019 departure of CEO Chris Albrecht. Zlotnik has been working closely with Jeffrey Hirsch, who has been running the premium network since Albrecht’s exit, first in his previous role as COO and currently as Starz President and CEO, a position Hirsch was promoted to in September. During that period, Zlotnik continued to shepherd Starz’s development and current series while also exploring new career opportunities. Meanwhile, Hirsch’s search for a new top programming executive is well underway. He is expected
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Starz Programming Chief Exits

Starz continues to clean its executive house.

Nearly a year after CEO Chris Albrecht was forced out amid a power struggle with new owner Lionsgate, Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik is exiting as the premium cable network's roster of executives left from its previous regime dwindles.

Zlotnik, who presented Starz's originals Hightown, Outlander and Vida to reporters earlier this month at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, will step down from his position after a decade with the cabler. He will remain on board through the end of the month and consult while helping Starz with ...
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Jeffrey Hirsch Promoted to CEO of Starz

Starz has finally found its new CEO, promoting Jeffrey Hirsch up from COO, to replace Chris Albrecht.

Albrecht stepped down in March after more than eight years leading the pay-cable network. Hirsch and the current leadership team, including president of programming Carmi Zlotnik, had been essentially in charge of Starz, working closely with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.

But Thursday’s announcement gives the pay cable network an official CEO for the first time seven months.

Also Read: 'Outlander' Author Responds to Starz Exec's 'Eye Candy' Comments About the Show's Appeal to Women

As CEO, Hirsch will shape the overall business and programming strategy for Starz and oversee the continued expansion of Starz’s streaming service, Starz Play. The executive, who has been with the network for four years, signed a new long-term deal.

“Jeff continues to lead Starz’s transformation into one of the world’s premier subscription platforms,
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Five Shows to Watch if You Like “Power”

Starring Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Lela Loren, and 50 Cent, Power tells the story of James St. Patrick, a wealthy nightclub owner struggling to meet the demands of a crumbling marriage and his secret double life as a drug kingpin. Full of complex characters, rich storylines, and exceptional performances, Power has become one of the top-rated shows on Starz since its first outing back in 2014. Unfortunately for fans, season 6 will be it’s last. “Season 6 brings us to the end of what we know is just the first chapter of the ’Power’ story,” Carmi Zlotnik, president

Five Shows to Watch if You Like “Power”
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Curtis Jackson Builds ‘Power’ Base as Producer and Master Marketer

  • Variety
When “Power” began its run on Starz in 2014, Curtis Jackson was better known in the entertainment industry as the pugnacious rapper 50 Cent. Few of those involved with the show expected him to emerge as a force behind the premium cable channel’s most-watched series.

But Jackson, 44, has never had a shortage of ambition. He used his rap-star clout to help bring “Power” to fruition as a co-star and as exec producer alongside creator and showrunner Courtney Kemp. Now, as “Power” winds through its sixth and final season, which bowed Aug. 25, Jackson is busy expanding his horizons as a producer for Starz and other outlets, notably ABC, where he is behind the midseason drama “For Life.”

Jackson added directing to his résumé after helming his first episode of “Power,” the pivotal third installment — called “Forget About Dre” — of the 10-episode season. He also signed a mammoth multi-series production deal with Starz last year.
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