Starz Entertainment Elevates Michelle Parker to Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs

Aug 25, 2009, 15:39 ET from Starz Entertainment

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelle Parker was promoted today to Senior Vice President of Business/Legal Affairs, Distribution for Starz Entertainment. The announcement was made by Steve Beabout, Starz Entertainment's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

Parker was most recently Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Distribution, a position which she was promoted to in April 2008. Parker acts as the lead attorney for all new media and technology matters for the Starz Entertainment pay television business and Starz Media. This role includes business affairs support for programming acquisitions and distribution arrangements for the Starz pay television channels and services, acting as the digital privacy officer for Starz, and leading business affairs support for Starz Digital Media's activities, including domestic and international digital distribution. Parker also leads business affairs support for Starz Media's growing domestic and international television distribution businesses.

"Michelle's accomplishments and contributions to the Business Affairs group have been extraordinary," noted Beabout. "Originally focusing successfully on the company's broadband distribution business and related studio programming partner affairs, Michelle truly has stepped up and become one of the key, integral Starz Legal figures with a comprehensive range of responsibilities including studio, business affiliate and emerging new media business relations."

Parker joined Starz Entertainment in 2005 as executive director, business affairs, programming, and was previously executive director, business & legal affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment, LLC, in Culver City, Calif. At Sony, Parker was responsible for various new media products and services, and supported Sony's media software group.

Parker graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law, received an MBA from the Graziadio Graduate School of Business and Management, and received her undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) brands with approximately 17.5 million and 31.5 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

About Starz Digital Media

Starz Digital Media, an operating division of Starz Media, LLC, is responsible for all digital and on-demand distribution of library content from Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Originals from Starz Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment. Through a range of distribution and marketing partnerships with multichannel video providers, Internet distributors and wireless operators worldwide, Starz Digital Media makes its content available under numerous business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. The division also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games and gaming-related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide.


    Eric Becker
    Executive Director of Corporate Communications
    Starz Entertainment & Starz Digital Media
    (720) 852-4065

SOURCE Starz Entertainment