Chris Albrecht
Title: CEO, Starz

Carmi Zlotnik
Title: Managing Director, Starz
Years in Cable: 30
Education: On sets and stages imparted by DP’s, AD’s, grips and gaffers
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Learn the difference between pain and suffering.

Albrecht and his partner in programming crime Zlotnik—also a team back in their HBO days—have significantly upped Starz’s originals during the past several years, and now the net is reaping the rewards. In 2015 the count is at 65-70 hours of original programming, with “Black Sails,” “Da Vinci’s Demons,” “Power” and “Outlander” at the top of the list—with more to come in 2016 and beyond. Moreover, the company is launching its first Starz-branded venture abroad with Starz Play International, an OTT play at an affordable price point.

I watch most programming on this device:  Laptop with my iPhone 6 plus a close second.
The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I… have a useful piece of data—nothing more and nothing less.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? I’m sticking with my Casio Pathfinder for the time being—solar powered with altimeter and compass.
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? None
If my office produced a viral video, the background music would be… Social Distortion
Favorite vacation spot: Staying home or wherever my family is
Desert island album: Mommy’s Little Monster
Favorite TV show as a kid: “Get Smart”
The last time I had a good laugh was… watching “Blunt Talk with Patrick Stewart”
My favorite business/motivational book:  Black Swan ■

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Effros: The More We Change

Folks get it these days; the price for video entertainment is going to continue to go up. It has to. The theory that competition was going to force the desired multiple players to compete on price has always been wrong.

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