Starz int’l programming chief Jeff Cooke to exit

Starz’s international programming chief Jeff Cooke is exiting the Lionsgate-owned company later this year. Cooke will remain in the role until July, but his next move is currently unknown. The international division oversees streamer Lionsgate+, home to original series such as Gaslit. The exec was promoted to SVP of programming for international networks in Janaury […]

Starz plans ‘Spartacus’ revival, with Steven S DeKnight to return

US network Starz is in development on a revival of its historical drama franchise Spartacus, with Steven S DeKnight to return as showrunner and executive producer. Spartacus: Blood And Sand debuted on Starz in 2010 and was followed by a prequel series Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena in 2011 and two additional series Spartacus: Vengeance […]

Starz to conclude ‘Outlander’, greenlights prequel ‘Blood Of My Blood’

US network Starz has ordered an eighth and final season of fantasy drama series Outlander and given the greenlight to its spin-off prequel Outlander: Blood Of My Blood. Both shows will be available on Starz streamer Lionsgate+ in the UK, Australia, Latin America, including Brazil, and across all Starz platforms in the US and Canada. […]

BritBox Int’l hires AMC & Starz execs to lead US acquisitions & partnerships

BritBox International has hired AMC’s Jennifer Moon as head of editorial & programming strategy, along with former Starz VP Liz Spaulding. Moon will lead all North American programming strategy, content acquisition and content scheduling for BritBox, while Spaulding’s remit includes distribution and commercial partnerships. The moves follow the recent exit of Diederick Santer, who stepped […]

TBI Weekly: Where WBD & its former content goes next

A rapid-fire succession of headlines this week has illuminated what comes next for Warner Bros. Discovery’s (WBD) international content strategy, as light finally broke through the fog of uncertainty hanging over a smorgasbord of canned HBO Max shows. The news last year that HBO Max was stripping shows, u-turning on commissions and closing down original […]

Starz to debut ‘Minx’ S2 after saving HBO Max comedy from cancellation

Lionsgate-owned US network Starz has picked up Ellen Rapoport’s comedy series Minx, following its cancellation by HBO Max last month. Starz has acquired both seasons of the show, and will premiere the unaired second season, which was canned by HBO Max despite having nearly completed production. At the time of its cancellation in December, producer-distributor […]

Starz appoints int’l networks chief as Superna Kalle departs

US network Starz has promoted Darren Nielson to EVP of international networks to replace Superna Kalle, who will exit the company in March. Nielson will report directly to president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch and will become responsible for the growth of the international division’s newly rebranded Lionsgate+, (fka StarzPlay) including all aspects of programming, distribution, […]

TBI Weekly: TBI’s favourite shows of 2022

It’s that time of year when the TBI team looks back into the not-too-distant past to pick their favourite shows from across the past 12 months. From high-stakes thrillers that stuck the landing to reality show relationship dramas and family-friendly cartoon co-watching experiences, it has been another varied year of viewing. We hope the shows […]

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