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Starz Adds David Weil to Executive Team as Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Starz Adds David Weil to Executive Team as Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, announced that David Weil has joined the company as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs. Weil will be based in the Beverly Hills headquarters where he will be responsible for developing the strategic direction of business and legal affairs for the company, including the Starz linear channels, affiliate negotiations, public company compliance management and the worldwide distribution and home entertainment businesses. He will take over from Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Starz, Steve Beabout, who is retiring after 18 years as General Counsel, and report to Chris Albrecht.

"David is a talented and highly respected executive with a keen legal mind who has successfully dealt with issues and individuals at all levels of the entertainment industry," said CEO Chris Albrecht. "We are looking forward to adding him to our executive team and working together to continue growing the Starz businesses. Steve Beabout has been an integral part of Starz's growth and success over the many years he has led the company's legal affairs. We thank him for his contributions and wish him the very best."

"I'm truly pleased to join Chris and his accomplished team at Starz where they have had so much success and are well positioned to achieve even more," Weil said. "This is an exciting opportunity for me, and I look forward to contributing in any way I can."

Weil is an accomplished senior entertainment industry executive, with 10 years experience as CEO of Walden Media/Bristol Bay Productions, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's operations, including strategic planning, production, marketing and outreach, finance, legal and business affairs.

Prior to that, Weil was a partner in the entertainment, sports and media department at the highly regarded international firm O'Melveny & Myers for 25 years, where he focused on the creation, operation and financing of entertainment and media companies. Weil served as Head of the firm's Century City office. He specialized in the development, production, financing and distribution of all types of entertainment content for clients.

Weil graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science, and holds an M.A in Politics and International Relations, from Brandeis University. He received his Juris Doctorate at Georgetown Law School.

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