Extra: Keshet’s Asian sales team grows; Starz CEO stays

In today's 'Extra,' U.S. pay-TV network Starz extends Chris Albrecht (pictured) as CEO while Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International appoints Cherry Lu and Kelvin Ko to its Asian sales teams.
June 28, 2016

Chris Albrecht to continue as Starz CEO

U.S. pay-TV network Starz will retain the services of CEO Chris Albrecht (pictured) through 2020 after reaching an employment arrangement, effective July 1. In addition to the contract extension, the role of president has been added to Albrecht’s title and duties. The news follows Starz’s recent appointment of Jeffrey Hirsch to chief operating officer, reporting into Albrecht.

“[Albrecht] has developed Starz into a leading, innovative entertainment brand with award-winning original programming that resonates with U.S. and international audiences,” said Starz chairman Greg Maffei in a statement. “He has made remarkable contributions to the business over the past six years, and we look forward to his vision creating even more value for distributors, partners and shareholders.”

Keshet International hires in Hong Kong, Beijing

Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International has bolstered its sales team in Asia with the appointment of sales managers Cherry Lu and Kelvin Ko, both of whom report to Gary Pudney, Keshet’s head of Asia.

Based in Beijing, Lu will look to promote the distributor’s programming slate while detecting commercial opportunities for acquisitions and co-development deals across such territories as China, Taiwan and Mongolia. Lu most recently served as head of international projects at Beijing Century Media, where she was responsible for managing international television format deals and productions. Ko, meanwhile, will be based in Hong Kong where he will look to expand Keshet’s linear and digital business across Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He most recently served as TV sales manager at Mattel Group-owned children’s prodco Hit Entertainment.

Keshet International’s Asian non-fiction catalog includes such titles as children’s singing competition series Master Class in China and Vietnam; interactive talent series Rising Star in China and Indonesia; Spy (Mice) in Korea; and variety game show Who’s On Top in Indonesia.

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