Michael Thornton Promoted To Chief Revenue Officer At Starz

         Michael Thornton Promoted To Chief Revenue Officer At Starz

Will Oversee Network Sales and Affiliate Marketing Group and Starz
Distribution Businesses

Ed Huguez to Step Down in 2014

PR Newswire

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 16, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Starz CEO Chris Albrecht
announced today that Michael Thornton has been promoted to the newly created
position of Chief Revenue Officer at Starz. He will be responsible for the
network sales and affiliate marketing group and oversee the Starz distribution
businesses comprised of Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Worldwide Distribution
and Starz Digital Media. Based in the company's Englewood, Colo. offices,
Thornton will report to Starz President Glenn Curtis.

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In making this appointment, Albrecht stated, "We are very pleased that Michael
will be assuming the new role of Chief Revenue Officer. In the rapidly
changing media business landscape, it is important for Starz to unite together
the revenue businesses of affiliate sales (STARZ/ENCORE/MOVIEPLEX) and Starz
Distribution under one senior executive. In his short time at Starz,
Michael's wide-ranging talents and contributions to the businesses have been
incredibly valuable. Combined with the excellent senior management and sales
teams at Starz, we are confident in Michael's ability to move the Starz
business forward."

Starz also announced Ed Huguez will step down as President of Affiliate
Distribution and will stay with the company as an advisor through the first
quarter of 2014.

Albrecht added, "During his tenure, Ed has been instrumental in increasing the
value of the networks, the channels' distribution and revenue. We thank him
for his hard work and dedication to the company and are grateful for his help
during the transition."

Thornton previously served as Executive Vice President, Acquisitions, Business
and Legal Affairs, overseeing programming acquisitions for the seventeen Starz
channels and on-demand/online offerings. In addition, he was responsible for
managing the strategic direction of business and legal affairs related to the
acquisition of programming content as well as business and legal affairs for
distribution of the Starz companies' content with online/broadband
distributors, transactional VOD/EST, and worldwide syndication of proprietary
STARZ Original series and other Starz proprietary/licensed content.

Prior to joining Starz in 2011, Thornton served in several senior executive
positions with programming and legal responsibilities during his career, and
most recently at Disney/ABC Domestic Television as executive vice president,
business and legal affairs since 2005. Thornton oversaw multi-platform
strategy and negotiations for post-theatrical distribution of The Walt Disney
Studios' film output and the post-network distribution of ABC Studios'
television product. Prior to that, Thornton was Senior Vice President,
Programming Acquisitions for DIRECTV since 1999 where he led programming
strategy, including the acquisition of all on-air acquired and original
programming and negotiated successfully numerous network, local broadcast
station, sports subscription, and one-off event deals.

Thornton is a graduate of Dartmouth College, UCLA School of Law, and the
Anderson Graduate School of Management, also at UCLA.

About Starz
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and
entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription
video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks),
global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and
movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming
through the flagship STARZ^® and ENCORE^® pay TV networks which showcase
premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video
distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and
telecommunications companies. As of June 30, 2013, STARZ and ENCORE serve a
combined 56.9 million subscribers, including 21.8 million at STARZ, and 35.1
million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels
in the U.S. STARZ^® and ENCORE^®, along with Starz Networks' third network
MOVIEPLEX^®, air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks,
complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ
PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces
and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on
DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution's home
video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute
original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment
content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV
and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

Contact:

Eric Becker
Starz
(720) 852-4065
eric.becker@starz.com

SOURCE Starz

Website: http://www.starz.com/
 
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