Chief Executive Officer
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB)
Chris Albrecht is Chief Executive Officer of Starz and responsible for overseeing all the Starz businesses LLC. These include the Starz Networks (domestic premium pay TV business including the STARZ and ENCORE brands), Starz Distribution (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Worldwide Distribution, Starz Digital Media), and Starz Animation (Film Roman) business units. Since
January 2013, Starz has been an independent publicly traded media traded company on the NASDAQ marketplace.
Upon joining Starz in January 2010, Albrecht led the evolution of the Starz premium pay TV business with an aggressive plan to dramatically increase the company’s investment in proprietary and licensed original programming. Through financial discipline and creative partnerships with content partners around the world, Albrecht has elevated globally the Starz businesses with award-winning scripted series including “The White Queen,” “Black Sails,” “Boss,” and more.
Prior to Starz, Albrecht was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HBO, and also President of HBO Original Programming, where he transformed the company from a movie focused television service into a worldwide leader in original programming. His tenure at HBO was noted for changing the television landscape by creating critically acclaimed series, including "Sex and the City," "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "Deadwood," "Band of Brothers," “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and "Entourage," along with dozens of other programs. As President of HBO Independent Productions, Albrecht guided the development and production of comedy series for distribution, including “Martin” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Prior to HBO, Albrecht spent five years at International Creative Management where he signed and represented top comedians including Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. He also co-owned the famed Improvisation comedy club in New York City from 1975 to 1980.
Albrecht also served as the President of IMG Global Media, heading the company’s diverse businesses including global sports production operations, global rights acquisition and digital media enterprises.
Albrecht has been a long-time advocate for children’s health, youth, the homeless, and environmental issues and has been a catalyst in focusing the entertainment industry on these areas.
He co-founded Comic Relief, which in its 20 years has raised more than $50 million to benefit the homeless. For a decade, he raised funds for Los Angeles’ Shelter Partnership by enlisting celebrities including George Carlin, Bill Maher and Lewis Black.
Albrecht also founded and chaired the Rally to Save Ahmanson Ranch, 3,000 acres of pristine California wilderness threatened by commercial development. In partnership with the NRDC, Heal the Bay, the Sierra Club and other organizations, this effort succeeded in preventing development and turning the land into a State Park. Heal the Bay honored Albrecht with its “Walk the Talk Award” for his leadership in saving Ahmanson Ranch.
The Los Angeles Mentoring Project recognized Albrecht with its Stand Up for Mentoring Award for his involvement with several youth mentoring programs.
Albrecht co-chaired a $250 million fundraising campaign for Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.