• Tue, Jul. 19, 8:27 PM
    • Following an all-time ratings record for its network, Starz (STRZA -0.3%) is giving a two-season renewal to its flagship original series Power.
    • Executive producers Courtney Kemp and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will be back with the show in its fourth and fifth seasons.
    • Starz just announced that ratings for the season three premiere set network records with 2.26M live plus same-day viewers for the initial airing (up 58% from the season two premiere), and 3.37M live plus same-day viewers for the three Sunday night airings.
    | Tue, Jul. 19, 8:27 PM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, Jul. 13, 6:55 PM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) has added the Roku platform for support of its Starz App, bringing its original series along with licensed hits to Roku players and Roku TV models.
    • Starz's service -- which costs $8.99/month -- launched in April and includes its hit Power (with season three premiere arriving July 17), along with other key originals Outlander and The Girlfriend Experience. Later this year, the service will show Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
    • Pay TV subscribers can also authenticate themselves to view content in the app.
    | Wed, Jul. 13, 6:55 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Jul. 7, 12:09 PM
    • In a Sun Valley media conference tradition, cable mogul John Malone weighed in on one of his most frequent questions: evaluating the current environment for mergers and acquisitions.
    • "There's always M&A opportunities," he said. "I have nine different public companies I'm involved in, and they're always looking for opportunities."
    • As for cheaper European assets post-Brexit: "Cheap is a relative term; I think it depends on your longer-term view. I think Britain's gonna be fine; I think the EU is gonna be fine. I think there are gonna be some banking, capitalization issues that have to be dealt with."
    • He's coming off a $4.4B deal to combine his Starz network (STRZA +1.8%) with Lions Gate (LGF +3.1%), and "they're both subscale ... this gives them the opportunity to be bigger, be a little more aggressive in investing in content, trying new things."
    • Malone's more interested in the TV business, but Lions Gate will get a new outlet for its films after tough times at the box office: "Theatrical is a tough business and you can run hot and cold ... The question is can you tame the movie business to reduce the volatility?”
    • Asked about Viacom (VIA +3.1%, VIAB +3%) -- currently embroiled in a succession drama and (logically) speculation about combining it with other firms: “I’m hoping that all settles down and everybody is treated fairly,” said Malone. “Sumner [Redstone's] been a long-term friend and sometimes partner and sometimes 'frenemy.' You hate to see the stress of a family situation. I certainly hope it all works out to everybody’s benefit."
    • On Viacom's sale of a Paramount stake: "Would I? The theatrical side? No, that would not be where I would go." But Viacom has "got some great assets and right now because of the turmoil they're substantially undervalued."
    | Thu, Jul. 7, 12:09 PM | 11 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 7, 11:09 AM
    • Starz (STRZA +1.5%) is creating the new role of chief marketing officer and named Alison Hoffman to fill it.
    • The executive VP of marketing leads all consumer and affiliate marketing at Starz. She didn't comment on how marketing strategy might change amid a $4.4B acquisition by Lions Gate.
    • Hoffman had joined the company in 2012 from AMC Networks.
    | Thu, Jul. 7, 11:09 AM
  • Thu, Jun. 30, 7:23 PM
    • The deal to acquire Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) "checks off all the boxes we look for" in a deal, said Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF) CEO Jon Feltheimer in a call to discuss the $4.4B acquisition.
    • It's highly accretive to earnings and free cash flow, positions us to achieve significant synergies," he said. "It's a transaction that creates a whole, greater than the sum of its parts, and is a combination that unlocks significant immediate and long term value for our shareholders.
    • After rising as much as 11.6% today, Lions Gate finished down 3.4%. STRZA wrapped up the day up 5.9% after rising as much as 14.7%.
    • He believes there are immediate cash savings available in not only the operational synergies, but the "extended benefit of being a Canadian multinational company" along with accumulated net operating losses.
    • Starz chief Chris Albrecht will continue to run that unit and is expected to join the executive committee as well, Feltheimer said.
    • The company has $4.6B in committed financing for the deal, it says, along with range for a $1B revolver that will be available for working capital.
    • Previously: Lions Gate inks deal for Starz (Jun. 30 2016)
    • Previously: Bloomberg: Lions Gate buyout of Starz in advanced talks; LGF +5.1%, STRZA +6.9% (Jun. 29 2016)
    | Thu, Jun. 30, 7:23 PM | 10 Comments
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  • Thu, Jun. 30, 8:17 AM
    • Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF) agrees to buy Starz (STRZA, STRZB) in a cash and stock deal totaling $4.4B. Starz A class owners will receive $18 in cash along with 0.6784 of newly-created non-voting stock of LGF for each share of STRZA they hold. Starz B class owners will receive $7.26 in cash, 0.6321 of a share of LGF voting stock, and 0.6321 of a share of LGF non-voting stock.
    • The offer translates to $32.73 per A class share based on Lions Gate's 20-day moving average price.
    • A conference call is set for 9 ET.
    • STRZA +15% to $32.50, LGF +8.2% to $22.65 premarket.
    • Previously: Bloomberg: Lions Gate buyout of Starz in advanced talks; LGF +5.1%, STRZA +6.9% (June 29)
    | Thu, Jun. 30, 8:17 AM | 12 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 29, 6:05 PM
    • It's been discussed extensively, but a deal for Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF) to buy Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) is now in advanced talks, Bloomberg reports.
    • Lions Gate is up 5.1% after hours; it had gained 4.1% during the regular seesion. Meanwhile, STRZA is up 6.9% in the postmarket session after gaining 2.7% today.
    • A deal could come in the next few days valuing Starz at more than $30/share (postmarket quotes have Starz at $30.20 now), sources told Bloomberg. But negotiations may come down to contentious discussions between John Malone (who controls Starz voting stock) and Starz Chairman Greg Maffei on one hand, and Mark Rachesky, whose MHR Fund Management is Lions Gate's biggest shareholder.
    • A deal would be mostly cash with some stock, and could be held up by Starz's unfinished carriage talks with DirecTV.
    | Wed, Jun. 29, 6:05 PM | 13 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 27, 5:23 PM
    • Starz (STRZA -2.6%) has signed a new employment deal with CEO Chris Albrecht to keep him around through 2020.
    • Albrecht will become president as part of the move. He'll get an annual base salary of $1.5M, a target cash bonus of 150% of $1.375M for 2016 and 200% of base salary for 2017 and beyond.
    • According to the company's SEC filing, he'll also get an annual equity grant of $7.25M, in 50% stock options, 25% restricted shares and 25% PRSUs.
    • 8-K filing
    | Mon, Jun. 27, 5:23 PM | 5 Comments
  • Thu, Jun. 23, 12:07 PM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) has jumped 5.4% in recent minutes amid chatter that there are new talks of a tie-up with Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF).
    • Lions Gate is up 3.2% in recent minutes as well. Sources tell TheStreet that talks are back on after cooling in the fall.
    • The stocks had gotten a boost in October amid speculation that the two could tie up and unite a pair of interests by cable mogul John Malone. Lions Gate has a 15% voting stake in Starz.
    | Thu, Jun. 23, 12:07 PM | 12 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 21, 3:03 PM
    • Starz (STRZA, STRZB) announces the appointment of Jeffrey Hirsch as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
    • In addition to Hirsch’s appointment, Starz announced the elevation of David Weil to Chief Legal Officer, with expanded duties including oversight of Human Resources. Hirsch and Weil will continue to report to CEO Chris Albrecht.
    • Source: Press Release
    | Tue, Jun. 21, 3:03 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Jun. 2, 7:36 PM
    • Glenn Curtis, president of Starz (STRZA +2.1%), is set to retire after a long stretch at the company, effective July 1.
    • He was named president in 2013; he'd also served as executive VP and chief financial officer from 2006-2012, and had come from Starz parent Liberty media where he worked for several years on the Starz Encore Group.
    • His separation will include a lump sum of $828,750 and monthly payments ending Dec. 31, 2017, making up the difference between his monthly base pay and what he might get from another employer.
    | Thu, Jun. 2, 7:36 PM
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  • Thu, Apr. 28, 6:35 PM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) profits missed expectations in Q1, as revenue fell in part due to some licensing of originals to Netflix and Amazon early in 2015.
    • Consolidated OIBDA fell 18% to $127.1M, while operating income fell 20% to $114.1M.
    • Revenue by segment: Starz Networks, $339.9M (down 1.8%); Starz Distribution, $92.7M (down 15.5%).
    • Starz subscriptions rose by 400,000 to 24M; (newly rebranded) Starz Encore subs rose by 200,000 to 32.4M to make a combined 56.4M subs.
    • Shares were up 0.6% after hours.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Apr. 28, 6:35 PM
  • Thu, Apr. 28, 4:18 PM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA): Q1 EPS of $0.65 misses by $0.03.
    • Revenue of $431.9M (-4.2% Y/Y) misses by $3.7M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Apr. 28, 4:18 PM
  • Thu, Apr. 28, 10:47 AM
    • Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF) is up 6.9% to its highest point in five weeks on no catalysts other than some peer M&A today, in DreamWorks Animation's $3.8B deal to be acquired by Comcast.
    • Lions Gate has been linked in the past year to heavy merger rumors with John Malone's companies, after Malone's Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA) made a strategic deal with the studio -- and then Malone floated public comments regarding a potential tie-up/merger with Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA), in which he also holds an interest.
    • Bloomberg analyst Paul Sweeney figures Comcast's deal price means a multiple of at least 19.5 times DreamWorks Animation's 2016-2017 EBITDA -- which multiple is a 28% premium to Lions Gate, which runs similar TV and movie interests.
    • And Lions Gate may be more attractively valued than during the fall rumors, after a weak fiscal Q3 tanked shares in early February and the studio's recent films, like The Divergent Series: Allegiant, are underperforming.
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    | Thu, Apr. 28, 10:47 AM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Starz is an integrated global media and entertainment company, which engages in video programming and development, production, acquisition and distribution of entertainment content. It provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels, global content... More
Sector: Services
Industry: Entertainment - Diversified
Country: United States