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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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Starz Files FCC Complaint Against Altice USA as Carriage Fight Heads into Week Four

Starz has asked the FCC to intervene in its carriage standoff with Altice USA, urging the commission to order the channels restored on Altice systems because the cable operator violated a rule that requires distributors give customers 30 days notice of big programming changes.

Starz has filed a petition for emergency injunctive relief with the FCC. The complaint details the back-and-forth in negotiations between Starz and Altice that began in September but didn’t heat up until late December. The 17 Starz-Encore channels went dark on Altice systems as of Jan. 1.

“To our great disappointment, and to the disappointment of Altice customers, Starz and its affiliated channels continue to remain off the air in New York,” said Chris Albrecht, president-ceo of Starz, which was acquired in 2016 by Lionsgate. “This disruption has caused high-quality programming that promotes diversity in its production, talent and content, to be taken from viewers with no notice. More than that, Altice has continued
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A Show About Afro-Latina Witches called Brujas Is Coming to TV

A Show About Afro-Latina Witches called Brujas Is Coming to TV
For too long, the term bruja, which translates to ‘witch’, has remained a taboo in the Latino community. But, thanks to playwright Tanya Saracho, the Bruja movement, a subculture of Afro-Latina millennials reclaiming the elements of brujeria, the Spanish word for “witchcraft”, will soon get its due on television.

Deadline reports that the Mexico-born writer is developing a show titled Brujas that centers around the Bruja movement in Chicago, following four Afro-Latinas. The series is being produced by Big Beach, an independent production company responsible for films such as Little Miss Sunshine and Our Idiot Brother.

The Bruja movement has
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Starz’s ‘Vida’ Explores Gentrification of Latino Neighborhoods… by Other Latinos

  • The Wrap
Starz’s upcoming drama “Vida” shares stories of Latinos in Los Angeles, told by the Latinos — whose stories might not be familiar to a broader audience. One issue the half-hour drama will tackle in its first season, showrunner Tanya Saracho said, is “gentefication,” the gentrification of Latinp neighborhoods by other Latinos. A play on the Spanish word gente (which translates to “people,”) gentefication is a term used to describe the changes brought to a community when young, upwardly mobile Latinos move back to their old neighborhoods and displace less wealthy residents. Some of those Latinos are known as “Chipsters” — Chicano...
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Starz Announces Premieres for ‘Howards End,’ ‘Vida,’ ‘Sweetbitter,’ Greenlights ‘John Wick’ Television Adaptation

Starz Announces Premieres for ‘Howards End,’ ‘Vida,’ ‘Sweetbitter,’ Greenlights ‘John Wick’ Television Adaptation
Starz has announced series premiere dates for three upcoming originals, “Howards End,” “Vida” and “Sweetbitter” and a greenlight for a television series adaptation of the “John Wick” franchise.

The four-episode limited series “Howards End” will premiere Sunday, April 8, while both new half-hour dramas “Vida” and the adaptation of “Sweetbitter” will premiere on Sunday, May 6.

Howards End” stars Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard as two “independent and unconventional sisters seeking love and meaning” in an ever-changing world. The story based on E.M Forster’s masterpiece comes from Academy-Award winner Kenneth Lonergan, and is directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald. Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond and Tracey Ullman also star in the Playground production in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment. See the key art for “Howards End” below:

“Vida” focuses on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who “couldn’t be more different or distanced from each
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Tanya Saracho Series “Brujas” Being Developed by Big Beach

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Playwright and TV scribe Tanya Saracho has a new project in the works. She’s tapped to serve as showrunner on “Brujas,” a series being developed by indie producer and financer Big Beach. Deadline reports that the series centers on four Chicago-based Afro-Caribbean/Latinx women and explores “the relationships and community born out of the growing identification with the Bruja movement.”

According to the source, “Brujas” will “use the brujería counter-culture as a foundation. The brujería culture is a means for Latinx feminists to reconnect with their heritage through music, style, nightlife, and art. It’s a powerful return to indigenous practices and a reclamation of feminine strength.”

Saracho will pen the series and serve as an exec producer.

“Obviously I’m obsessed with women and Latina women,” Saracho has said of the themes in her writing. “I think I’m on my seventh or eighth all-Latina play.
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