Starz Entertainment Timeline




Encore Movie Group (now Starz Entertainment) Founded


April 1, 1991

ENCORE Launched - First Movie 9 To 5


February 1, 1994

STARZ! (now STARZ) Launched - First Movie Scent Of A Woman


July 7, 1994

Westerns Channel (now Encore Westerns) Launched - First Movie The Outlaw Josey Wales


July 7, 1994

Love Stories (now ENCORE LOVE) Launched - First Movie Ryan's Daughter


July 7, 1994

Mystery Channel (now ENCORE SUSPENSE) Launched - First Movie Jagged Edge


September 1, 1994

Action Channel (now ENCORE ACTION) Launched - First Movie Ben-Hur


September 1, 1994

True Stories (now ENCORE DRAMA) Launched - First Movie The Last Emperor


September 12, 1994

WAM! (now ENCORE FAMILY) Launched - First Movie Oh, God You Devil!


March 15, 1996

STARZ! Theater (now STARZ EDGE) Launched - First Movie Carlito's Way


January 1, 1997

MOVIEPLEX Launched - First Movie Law of the Golden West


February 1, 1997

BET Movies / STARZ! (now STARZ IN BLACK) Launched - First Movie Do The Right Thing


July 1, 1998

ENCORE Adds 1st Run Movies


December 31, 1998

Encore Media Group (now Starz Entertainment) Completes Year Cash Flow Positive for the First Time


May 1, 1999

STARZ! Family (now STARZ KIDS & FAMILY) Launched - First Movie Leave It To Beaver


May 1, 1999

STARZ! Cinema (now STARZ CINEMA) Launched - First Movie In The Name Of The Father


August 19, 1999

Encore Media Group (now Starz Entertainment) Extends Disney Output Deal, First Major Studio to Grant SVOD Rights


September 14, 1999

In NYC Speech John J. Sie Announces SVOD Initiative


December 2, 1999

Industry-First SVOD Technology Demos Announced for the Western Show


April 12, 2000

First Dolby Digital 5.1 Feed for Standard Definition Cable


October 11, 2000

Ground Breaking on New 275,000 Sq. Ft. Corporate Headquarters


February 13, 2001



June 30, 2001

Starz Encore Group (now Starz Entertainment Group) Becomes First Pay TV Company to Ever Achieve 100 Million Subscription Units


September 19, 2001

First Cable Launch of Starz On Demand - Cleveland, OH (Adelphia)


December 4, 2002

Starz and RealNetworks, Inc. Jointly Announce Agreement to Develop and Launch Starz On Demand Service as Premium Tier on RealOne Service


June 9, 2003

John J. Sie Announces Starz's Plans to Launch Hi-Def Version of STARZ! (now Starz)


December 2, 2003

STARZ! Kids (now STARZ COMEDY) Launched - First Movie The Country Bears


December 2, 2003

STARZ! HD (now STARZ HD) Launched


May 7, 2004

John J. Sie Announces Retirement as CEO of Starz Encore Group Effective on June 30, 2004 (Retains Chairman Title)


October 22, 2004

Company Name Changed to Starz Entertainment Group, LLC


November 11, 2004

Company Releases Nielsen Numbers for Premium Channels for the First Time


November 28, 2004

Robert B. Clasen Named CEO (Effective December 1, 2004)


March 28, 2005

Starz Entertainment Group Launches Most Extensive Re-Branding in TV History (11 Channels are Renamed, Three New Channels Launched)


March 28, 2005

Starz Comedy Launched - First Movie Shanghai Knights 


March 28, 2005

Starz Edge Launched - First Movie Warren Miller's Cold Fusion


June 28, 2005

Comcast Affiliation Deal Extension, Future Launches Announced for ENCORE ON DEMAND and MOVIEPLEX ON DEMAND


September 20, 2005

ENCORE Celebrates 25 Million Subscribers


September 30, 2005



January 3, 2006

Vongo Launched


April 3, 2006

RETROPLEX Launched - First Movie Pickup On South Street 


August 29, 2006

Liberty Media Corporation Completes Purchase of IDT Entertainment, Renames it Starz Media


August 29, 2006

A New Starz is Born - Starz, LLC Debuts - Umbrella Entity for Newly Named Starz Entertainment, LLC and Starz Media, LLC


August 29, 2006

Robert B. Clasen Named Chairman and CEO of Starz, LLC, Starz Entertainment and Starz Media


August 29, 2006

Bill Myers Promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, Starz Entertainment


September 15, 2006

Starz HD ON DEMAND, ENCORE HD ON DEMAND, MOVIEPLEX HD ON DEMAND Launched - Comcast First Affiliate to Carry


November 13, 2006

Starz, LLC Launches Overture Films, Will Produce 8-12 Films per year, Chris McGurk Named CEO, Signs Output Deal with Starz Entertainment


January 3, 2007

Vongo Goes To The TV - Premier Launch Partner of Microsoft Windows Vista, Also Announces Xbox 360 Compatibility to Get Vongo Movies from PC to the TV


October 15, 2007

Starz COMEDY HD, STARZ EDGE HD, Starz KIDS & FAMILY HD Launched, DIRECTV First Affiliate To Carry


November 9, 2007

ENCORE Surpasses 30 Million Subscribers, First Ever Premium Network to Reach Milestone


March 31, 2008

STARZ Unveils Brand Campaign Featuring New Logos, Tag Line "Are You Ready?"


May 27, 2008

STARZ PLAY Launches with Verizon, First-Ever Subscription Movie Download Service Offered by an Affiliate


August 1, 2008

ENCORE HD Launched, DISH Network First Affiliate To Carry


October 17, 2008

Premiere of "Crash" First Episode, Starz Entertainment's First-Ever Original Dramatic Series


March 31, 2009

Starz Entertainment first pay TV provider in U.S. to achieve 50 million combined sub benchmark for its flagship channels (STARZ 18.1 million, ENCORE 31.9 million)


December 23, 2009

Chris Albrecht Named New Starz, LLC, CEO Replacing the Retiring Bob Clasen


January 26, 2010

Opening Weekend Record Audience of 3.3 Million Powers Weekend Debut of Starz Original Series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand"


February 11, 2010

DISH Network Becomes First Affiliate To Launch New INDIEPLEX HD and RETROPLEX HD Channels


June 28, 2010

Starz Entertainment Renews Comcast Affiliation Deal, Includes Launch of STARZ ONLINE, ENCORE ONLINE, and MOVIEPLEX ONLINE Broadband Services


July 20, 2010

Starz and Penguin Group Release First Multimedia iPad E-Book for STARZ Original series, "The Pillars of the Earth"


January 21, 2011

"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" Prequel Debuts, First Starz Facebook Social Media Game Accompanies


August 1, 2011

ENCORE ESPANOL Debuts as Eighth ENCORE Channel with "Natural Born Killers" as First Movie, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse TV First Affiliates


August 1, 2011



August 1, 2011

"Moby Dick" Debuts as First ENCORE Original Series


August 1, 2011

MOVIEPLEX Becomes Its Own Discreetly Programmed Premium Channel


August 8, 2011

STARZ and BBC Worldwide Productions Forge Global Development, Production and Distribution Agreement for STARZ Original Programming


November 14, 2011

Moviecity and Fox Latin American Channels Reach Expanded Multiyear Programming Agreement with Starz Media in Latin American and Brazilian Markets


December 15, 2011

STARZ Receives Two Golden Globe® Nominations for Outanding Original Programming


January 13, 2012

STARZ Hit Original Series "Spartacus" Spawns New Novel from TITAN Books, "SPARTACUS: SWORDS AND ASHES"


January 15, 2012

Kelsey Grammer ("Boss") Wins Golden Globe® Award for Best Male Actor in a TV Drama; Two Nominations, First Win for STARZ


January 27, 2012

"Spartacus: Vengeance" Season Two Debuts, Accompanied by "Spartacus: Vengeance The Game" on Facebook

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