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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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Starz Files FCC Complaint Against Altice USA as Carriage Fight Heads into Week Four

Starz has asked the FCC to intervene in its carriage standoff with Altice USA, urging the commission to order the channels restored on Altice systems because the cable operator violated a rule that requires distributors give customers 30 days notice of big programming changes.

Starz has filed a petition for emergency injunctive relief with the FCC. The complaint details the back-and-forth in negotiations between Starz and Altice that began in September but didn’t heat up until late December. The 17 Starz-Encore channels went dark on Altice systems as of Jan. 1.

“To our great disappointment, and to the disappointment of Altice customers, Starz and its affiliated channels continue to remain off the air in New York,” said Chris Albrecht, president-ceo of Starz, which was acquired in 2016 by Lionsgate. “This disruption has caused high-quality programming that promotes diversity in its production, talent and content, to be taken from viewers with no notice. More than that, Altice has continued
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Vida, Sweetbitter: Half-Hour Drama Series Set for May Release Date on Starz

The hour-long comedy-drama or "dramedy" has been a thing since at least the 1980s series, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. Far more rare is the half-hour drama, but it does exist. This spring, Starz is introducing two such TV series, on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at a time Tba. The Vida TV show stars Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera as two Mexican-American sisters from La's Eastside. Meanwhile, the Sweetbitter TV series stars Ella Purnell as Tess, a young woman who goes to New York City, for a fresh start. Read More…
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‘Sweetbitter’ Panel Defends Its Place In #MeToo Era

The star and creators of Starz’ new half-hour drama series Sweetbitter came to TCA today, where they took some uncharacteristically tough questions. The series is based on Stephanie Danler's national best-selling novel of the same name about 22-year-old Tess who, shortly after arriving in New York City in 2006, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant, where she’s introduced to drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars, and fine dining. TV critics, however, had #MeToo…
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Starz Announces Premieres for ‘Howards End,’ ‘Vida,’ ‘Sweetbitter,’ Greenlights ‘John Wick’ Television Adaptation

Starz Announces Premieres for ‘Howards End,’ ‘Vida,’ ‘Sweetbitter,’ Greenlights ‘John Wick’ Television Adaptation
Starz has announced series premiere dates for three upcoming originals, “Howards End,” “Vida” and “Sweetbitter” and a greenlight for a television series adaptation of the “John Wick” franchise.

The four-episode limited series “Howards End” will premiere Sunday, April 8, while both new half-hour dramas “Vida” and the adaptation of “Sweetbitter” will premiere on Sunday, May 6.

Howards End” stars Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard as two “independent and unconventional sisters seeking love and meaning” in an ever-changing world. The story based on E.M Forster’s masterpiece comes from Academy-Award winner Kenneth Lonergan, and is directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald. Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond and Tracey Ullman also star in the Playground production in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment. See the key art for “Howards End” below:

“Vida” focuses on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who “couldn’t be more different or distanced from each
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N.Y.C. Now Casting: New Starz Series ‘Sweetbitter’ Is Seeking Restaurant Patrons + 2 More Gigs

Hold back on the bitter because today’s casting roundup is three parts sweet. The upcoming Starz series “Sweetbitter,” which follows a recent NYC transplant who lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant and is introduced to a chaotic but alluring world, is casting background actors to play rich and ritzy restaurant patrons. There are also opportunities available for fit models in an athletic sportswear ad and ballet dancers for an upcoming FX pilot! “Sweetbitter,” Rich Restaurant Patrons Nonunion actors are currently sought for “Sweetbitter,” a new series based on the novel of the same name. Male and female talent, aged 20–50, are wanted to portray rich restaurant patrons, such as young professionals, old New York faces, advertising and lawyer types, businessmen, and rich kid types, in background roles. The production will shoot Nov. 13 in NYC over a full day. Pay is $121 for 10 hours of work. Apply here! Athletic Sportswear
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Caitlin FitzGerald Joins Sweetbitter

Caitlin FitzGerald Joins Sweetbitter
Caitlin FitzGerald is raising a glass to in her latest role: a key character in Starz’s upcoming Sweetbitter.

The Masters of Sex alum will play self-possessed sommelier Simone in the premium cabler’s upcoming adaptation of Stephanie Danler’s bestselling novel, the network announced Tuesday.

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Sweetbitter is the coming-of-age story of Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City and begins working at a “celebrated downtown restaurant.” Before long, she finds herself immersed in “a world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust,
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