Hey, we aren’t making this up. Chris Albrecht is all gung-ho about his network, and not only does he want and expect the best, he’s the most thoughtful, creative executive in the medium. (That one’s per our BL, LB, and who are we to argue?)
So don’t just sit there, call your agents!
Starz Prepares To Develop A Comedy But Will “Tread Cautiously”
by David Lieberman
The project to be announced “soon” will be the first half-hour sitcom developed by Starz since CEO Chris Albrecht took charge in 2010, he told analysts today. (Earlier Starz had comedies includingHead Case, Party Down, and Gravity.) But it doesn’t represent a shift from his focus on dramas.
Albrecht says he plans to “tread cautiously” and won’t “open the floodgates” to hear pitches for comedies that were rejected elsewhere. Speaking broadly about his originals, Albrecht says that “we look at all of these shows as individual businesses.” He’s cool to adding sports. “The investment is great, and the return is de minimus,” he says.
And while he loves documentaries, “they’re found all over the dial” and he doesn’t yet see one that he believes would work for his premium networks.
For the most part Albrecht used his call to reinforce his belief that Starz can thrive as an independent company. He said that Starz has a new deal with MGM for older films in the library, including titles from the Rocky and James Bond franchises.