Chris Albrecht is stepping down as president and CEO of Lionsgate-owned American premium cable and satellite network Starz.
Starz will continue to operate under COO Jeffrey Hirsch and the current leadership team, working closely with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. The move comes as Lionsgate and Starz continue their process of integration.
Albrecht (pictured) joined Starz in 2010. Prior to Starz, he was president of IMG Global Media, chairman and CEO of HBO, and president of HBO original programming. He will depart in March.
“Chris’s renowned programming expertise and entrepreneurial abilities have helped build Starz into a premium global brand distinguished by its great shows, fast-growing direct to consumer initiatives, and expanding international footprint,” said Feltheimer, in a statement. “As we complete the first phase of our evolution into a unified company and accelerate our focus on Starz’s international expansion, Chris has decided to step down to pursue other opportunities. I look forward to working closely with him and Jeff Hirsch to ensure a smooth transition and plan the next steps of the company’s continued growth.”
“I’m very proud of everything we’ve accomplished the last 10 years building Starz into one of the most exciting premium pay television brands in the industry,” added Albrecht.