Starz announced that licensing agreements with broadcasters and digital platforms representing more than 100 countries and territories worldwide are in place for the highly-anticipated premiere of "Ash vs Evil Dead." Capitalizing on the strong fan and distributor interest in the new STARZ Original series based on the classic "Evil Dead" horror films, Starz has constructed these deals to allow for a first-ever at Starz, same-day premiere of the first episode of "Ash vs Evil Dead." These broadcasters and digital platforms will be able to proceed with debuting the series on October 31, the same premiere date as STARZ in the United States.

Michael Thornton, Chief Revenue Officer at Starz added, "Fans of 'The Evil Dead' have spoken with great passion and interest around the world, sparking high buyer demand for 'Ash vs Evil Dead.' We are delighted to be able to provide flexibility to many of the key buyers serviced by Starz Worldwide Distribution and Starz Digital, and thus allow for a wave of local 'Ash vs Evil Dead' worldwide premieres on the 'groovy' date of October 31."

Select major worldwide broadcasters and digital providers offering "Ash vs Evil Dead" on October 31 include (alphabetically):

Amedia (Russia/CIS)C More (Scandinavia)FOX Action on FOX+ Premium service/FOX Latin America Channels (Latin America/Brazil)SKY TV (New Zealand)Stan (Australia)STARZ PLAY Arabia (Middle East/North Africa)Super Channel (Canada)

About "Ash vs Evil Dead"

The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. "Ash vs Evil Dead" is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, "Burn Notice") reprising his role of Ash Williams, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. Rounding out the cast are Lucy Lawless ("Salem," "Spartacus") as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago ("Touch," Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash's loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past, and Jill Marie Jones ("Sleepy Hollow") as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

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About Starz

Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ ® and ENCORE ® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of June 30, 2015, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.8 million subscribers, including 23.5 million at STARZ, and 33.3 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ ® and ENCORE ® , along with Starz Networks' third network MOVIEPLEX ® , air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution's home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

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