ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ed Huguez was promoted to the newly created position of President of Affiliate Distribution for Starz Entertainment, announced Chris Albrecht, chief executive officer for Starz, LLC. Huguez was most recently executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing, a position he has held since joining the company in 2004.
Reporting to Glenn Curtis, president and chief financial officer for Starz, LLC, Huguez oversees all sales and revenue generation efforts for distributors of Starz Entertainment subscription premium content, including multichannel video and digital/Internet providers. Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand licensing arm of, also will continue to report into Huguez.
"Ed and his team have done an excellent job in growing the core Starz premium business, with record high subscription levels at the flagship STARZ and ENCORE channels through 2011," said Albrecht. "I congratulate him on this richly deserved promotion."
Curtis added, "Ed's leadership, experience as an operator, understanding of advanced services technology, and relationships with our key distributors, position us well to maximize growth potential in the future."
"With an increasingly successful push into STARZ Original series, a fortified brand, and an outstanding baseline of quality movie product, the future at Starz for growth is very promising," added Huguez. "I appreciate the confidence from Glenn and Chris and this terrific opportunity to grow the businesses together with our distribution partners."
Huguez joined Starz Entertainment in 2004, responsible for all aspects of sales, affiliate relations and marketing with traditional multichannel video and other content distributors. Huguez came to Starz from Midstream Technologies Inc., where he served for three years as president, CEO and chairman, providing interactive and video-on-demand technology to cable television companies.
From 1992 to 1998, Huguez was VP/GM for DIRECTV's new media and interactive programming and platforms group, and, prior to that, vice president, programming acquisitions. He was part of the executive team that launched DIRECTV in 1994.
Huguez began his career in the multichannel industry working for ESPN in affiliate sales from 1987 to 1992. He was COO at INTERVU, a pioneer in video streaming on the Internet for such companies as CNN. In 2000, INTERVU was acquired by Akamai Technologies, Inc., where Huguez served subsequently as a senior vice president.
Huguez received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University and earned his MBA from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He and his wife, Betsy, have two children.
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 19.6 million and 33.2 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).