Starz Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Hirsch announced today the hire of Joe Glennon as Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales. Based in New York, Glennon will oversee all of the network sales activities for the core Starz premium pay TV businesses with multichannel video and digital distributors in the United States.

"Joe brings a wealth of pay TV sales experience and an understanding for the power of strong content and how it translates to solid distributor relationships, and ultimately an increasingly valuable STARZ brand," said Hirsch. "With unprecedented demand for our groundbreaking originals - including 'Power,' 'Outlander,' and coming next year 'American Gods' - in addition to our quality movie lineup, Joe's leadership will be invaluable as we look to secure future opportunities for growing our core business in partnership with MVPDs and new, emerging digital platforms."

Glennon said, "I am excited to help accelerate the growth of STARZ, which has been on an incredible trajectory over the past several years. With critically-acclaimed original programing and new technologies, Starz is one of the best premium products for distributors to offer their consumers. There is a tremendous runway for exponential growth of the brand and services."

Starz offers 17 linear channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the recently launched STARZ App, featuring STARZ Original series, premium movies and TV content for TV Everywhere and OTT customers. The flagship STARZ service is the second-most widely subscribed flagship premium pay TV service in the United States with 24 million subscribers.*

Glennon assumes these responsibilities from Michael Thornton, who left the company in June 2016.

Glennon most recently served as Executive Vice President, Distribution at AMC Networks, where he oversaw distribution activities for AMC, WEtv, IFC, Sundance Channel, Fuse and IFC Films. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Distribution at Fuse. Glennon began his career in the cable business at Discovery Communications.

Glennon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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 networks (Starz Networks) and global content distribution (Starz Distribution), The Starz Networks operating unit is home to the flagship STARZ® brand with 24.0 million subscribers in the United States as of March 31, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORE SM network at 32.4 million subscribers. Through STARZ, the company provides high quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services. STARZ is sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms. Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming. The Starz Distribution operating unit is home to the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Digital, and Starz Worldwide Distribution divisions. In addition to STARZ Original series, Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires movies, television and other entertainment content for worldwide home video, digital, and television licensing and sales.

* Source: 1Q 2016 Premium Network Census, SNL Kagan. Released 6/08/16

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