Soon after Starz named Chris Albrecht its president and CEO in December 2009, Albrecht brought onboard his old HBO colleague Carmi Zlotnik, naming him to the newly created position of managing director at Starz Media. The two seem to be forging a path similar to the one they laid out at HBO: high-profile programming that pops.
But whereas HBO is well known for spending lavishly on its original productions, Starz is more frugal. In fact, the first two deals that Albrecht made when he arrived at the network were co-productions: Arthurian drama Camelot, which premieres April 1, is an Irish-Canadian co-production; while the popular British sci-fi series Torchwood: The New World, premiering this summer, is a BBC co-production.
Adweek’s Alan Frutkin spoke with Zlotnik about Starz’ programming strategy, the upside of co-productions and why there’s no comedy on the network’s development slate.
(Accompanying picture is of series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.)
Click below for the Starz Network roundup and Zlotnik interview: