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Starz gets awesome, with shows like Spartacus, thanks to Chris Albrecht at the helm

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   A popular premium cable destination with great shows featuring impressive production values, major stars, and an industry buzz. It's not HBO, its the Starz network.
   It's easy to understandy why the description of the network sound so much like HBO when you see who is at the helm. Chris Albrecht is president and CEO of Starz, LLC. Among his duties, he's responsible for generating growth for Starz Entertainment, Starz Media and Overture Films. Also Albrecht spent more than 20 years at HBO, with seven years as president of original programming before he became chairman and CEO up until 2007.  His golden years there ushered in acclaimed series such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Band of Brothers, and the list goes on, and on.
   And now Albrecht has brought that push for excellence to shows for Starz. Already the Spartacus series, filmed in New Zealand, has had an impact on the television landscape. Upcoming series are Camelot, filmed in Ireland, and Torchwood film in Los Angels and Wales. I got a sneek peek at them, and they are awesome.
   I asked Albrecht about putting his mark on the network, and he told me, "I think that in the collaborative world of film entertainment, what is the most important thing is to put together a team and an opportunity that invites talented people to want to bring their work. Then you try to help give them the necessary resources, and the support, and sometimes the guidance that they require to help realize those visions."
   That's leadership that pays dividends.

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