Colorado Gov. Bill Owens Helps Starz Encore Group Dedicate New Headquarters In Meridian Office Park South of Denver
300,000 Sq. Ft. Facility Combines Corporate, Administrative, Sales, Marketing, Technical, Programming & Production Functions at One State-Of-The Art Location - A New Home For TV's Fastest Growing Package of Premium Movie Channels ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Reflecting its rapid growth in recent years and the economic advantages of consolidating all its operations under one roof, Starz Encore Group officially dedicated its new 300,000 square foot headquarters outside Denver on Friday, June 28 with the help of Colorado Governor Bill Owens. As the new home to the nation's largest and fastest-growing provider of cable and satellite-delivered premium movie channels, the neo-classical structure houses all of Starz Encore's corporate, administrative, sales, marketing, technical, programming and production functions for the company's 15- premium movie channels. Since 1998 the company has grown from 48 to 121 million pay units, with 2001 revenue reaching $863 million, up from $532 million in 1998. Approximately 500 employees work at the new facility. "Technically speaking, this is a dedication of the new Starz Encore headquarters building," said John J. Sie, founder, chairman and CEO of Starz Encore Group. "In reality, we're dedicating a new phase in the life of Starz Encore. This building, no matter how grand and beautiful, is just concrete, mortar, and steel. What's important is what's in the building. We've assembled the best team in the world, installed the best equipment and created the best environment so we can all do the best job in a very competitive world." Colorado Governor Bill Owens congratulated Starz Encore for its business success and involvement in the community, noting the company plays an important role in promoting Colorado as a national leader in high tech and communications employment. He praised the company's support for the Starz FilmCenter in downtown Denver and the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation. Liberty Media Corporation President and CEO Robert Bennett spoke as well, praising Starz Encore as one of Liberty Media Corporation's most important assets. Located south of Denver in the 1,630 acre Meridian International Business Center development at the northeast corner of the I-25/E-470 interchange, the five-story building was designed by Michael Barber Architects of Denver and built by Weitz Construction. It offers a number of unique features for a building that will serve as a corporate headquarters, office building, video production house, video distribution hub and satellite uplink/downlink center. While meeting the operational needs of Starz Encore, the building is home to an inviting work environment that at once inspires and aids in the accomplishment of complex business tasks. Mark Bauman, president and chief operating officer of Starz Encore, told the approximately 250 people at the dedication ceremony there were many business and operational reasons for consolidating Denver-area employees located at two leased facilities. "As a company, we were physically separated in two metro-area locations, and we were using third parties for our critical origination and distribution functions," said Bauman. "We were also running out of space in both locations and our leases were set to expire at the end of 2001. "This allowed us to not only bring all of our Denver-based employees under one roof, but to also take advantage of state-of-the-art technological developments, bring critical operations in-house, and be much more cost efficient, all at the same time." Special Features Bauman pointed to a number of special features ranging from the building's sheer size to specialized technical capabilities and employee amenities: -- The building is 300,000 square feet. -- It has 545 covered and 128 surface parking spaces. -- It has a cafe that seats 115. -- It has an outstanding employee fitness facility. -- It originates 52 channels, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. -- Broadcasts through its own up-link facility with 36 simultaneous program feeds. -- Broadcasts 3 audio pairs per program, including English, Spanish, and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. -- Uses a robotic archive system that holds an entire library of over 4,500 movies at a time. -- Employs four, nine-meter dishes for up-linking our satellite signals. -- Has two independent uninterrupted power supply systems. -- Has two back-up generators providing redundant power. -- Uses over 128 miles of cable to link it all together. Production capabilities include: -- 10 post-production edit suites -- 3 Audio edit suites -- 7 Graphic design suites, and -- 3 Quality Control Screening rooms Noting the new facility is the first large scale, automated, server-based, broadcast origination facility in the world, Bauman said, "In addition to all of this, we have provided the infrastructure to allow us to launch new channels and businesses, as opportunities arise." Less than 15 months passed between the October 2000 groundbreaking and the transfer of Starz Encore employees from their two previous Denver-area locations. Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz Encore) is the largest provider of cable and satellite-delivered premium movie channels in the United States, owning 15 domestic channels with approximately 121 million pay units. Starz Encore offers the Starz Super Pak(SM), with up to 12 digital movie channels, and Starz On Demand(SM), the first premium subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. Starz Encore is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE: L, LMCb), http://www.starzencore.com .
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