Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, during a preview of the premium cable network's original content, talked about the challenges of building buzz for its programming, attracting wide audiences for shows with largely minority casts and learning to live with smaller production budgets than at his previous employer, HBO.
Flush with the HBO's success at the Emmy nominations, Chris Albrecht predicts even greater glory. He backed new comedy "Entourage" and said the network is ordering a new season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Viacom may be interested in buying a Spanish-language network, even though attempts last year fell through, a report says. Spanish-language networks are reporting higher advertising revenues than English-language channels, analysts say.
Pittman's departure yesterday leaves the top management of the company in the hands of former Time Warner executives, with the exception of Chairman Steve Case. AOL Time Warner is reshuffling its management, organizing its business units into two new groups, the heads of which are to report directly to CEO Richard Parsons, a report says.
Objecting to the extreme sex and violence featured on such HBO shows as "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City," Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly has asked HBO's Chris Albrecht, "Are you going to just keep ratcheting it up, or is there a line that you won't cross?" Albrecht called the real life programming on Fox "unbelievably astonishing" and said HBO would not show any hardcore pornography.