Starz Inc.

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Starz Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NASDAQSTRZA, NASDAQSTRZB
Industry Broadcasting & Cable TV
Predecessor(s) Liberty Media Group
Liberty Starz
Founded 1991 – Liberty Media Group launches Encore Movie Group (which later became Starz Entertainment)[1]
January 11, 2013 – Starz becomes independent entity through legal spin-off[2]
Key people Chris Albrecht
(CEO)
Revenue $1.631 billion[3]
Operating income $445 million[4]
Divisions Starz Networks
Starz Distribution
Starz, LLC
Website starz.com

Starz Inc. (formerly Encore Media Group (1991–2001), Starz Encore Group (2001–2004), Starz Entertainment Group (2004–2009), and Liberty Starz (2009–2013) is an entertainment company owning U.S. pay television channels, distribution and animated television and movie production.[5] The company is headquartered at Meridian, Colorado, though the postal designation of nearby Englewood is commonly listed as the company's location in corporate filings and news accounts.

History[edit]

Liberty Starz (formerly Starz Entertainment) started as a wholly owned television programming subsidiary and a joint venture of Liberty Media. Liberty Media split Starz Entertainment into a separate tracking stock on November 19, 2009. This tracking stock was not a separate company. Starz Entertainment was wholly owned by Liberty Media, until January 4, 2011 when The Weinstein Company acquired 25% of one of the operating units.[6] The arrangement included a five-year distribution deal under which Starz Media's Anchor Bay Entertainment would release new Weinstein Co. films on DVD and Starz Distribution (formerly Starz Digital Media) would handle online downloads and streaming.[7]

On August 8, 2012, Liberty Media announced that it would spin-off Liberty Starz into a separate public company; the transaction includes about $1.5 billion of debt. The spin-off of the subsidiary was expected to be completed by the end of 2012,[8] but was actually completed on January 11, 2013. As a result of the spin-off, Liberty Starz changed its name to "Starz Inc."[9] Starz' businesses and assets consist of those of Starz, LLC, its wholly owned subsidiary.

Starz Networks[edit]

Starz Networks currently consists of 17 American cable TV channels. As of December 31, 2012, Starz and Encore serve a combined 56 million subscribers, including 21 million at STARZ, and 35 million at Encore.[10] STARZ, ENCORE, and MOVIEPLEX air over 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, On Demand, and online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY.[11]

List of Starz-owned channels[edit]

  • Encore
    • Encore
    • Encore Action
    • Encore Black
    • Encore Classic
    • Encore Español
    • Encore Family
    • Encore Suspense
    • Encore Westerns
  • MoviePlex
  • Starz
    • Starz
    • Starz Cinema
    • Starz Comedy
    • Starz Edge
    • Starz InBlack
    • Starz Kids & Family

Starz also owns specialty services such as Starz HD, Starz On Demand, and Vongo.

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