By Kate Ward
Updated December 22, 2009 at 07:50 PM EST

Former chairman and CEO of HBO, Chris Albrecht, has been named the new President and CEO of Starz. He will begin his post on Jan. 1, and will oversee Starz Entertainment, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Film Roman. “We are excited to have an industry leader with an exceptional track record join the Starz team,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a press release. “With his extensive experience and success in creating compelling original content and building a premium pay channel, Chris is a recognized visionary in the creative community and uniquely qualified to lead Starz into the future.” As the former President of Original Programming at HBO, Albrecht produced hits like Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under.

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