Former Starz Programming Chief Carmi Zlotnik Signs Production Deal With Apple

He stepped down from the pay-cable network two days ago

Last Updated: January 29, 2020 @ 3:03 PM

Two days after stepping down as programming president at Starz, Carmi Zlotnik has moved over to Apple with an exclusive producer deal.

Zlotnik, who had been with Starz for 10 years, will leave the pay-cable channel at the end of January. His deal with Apple begins next month.

While at Starz, Zlotnik oversaw the development and production of such series as “Power,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Vida,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “The White Queen,” “Black Sails,” “Magic City” and “Spartacus,” as well as upcoming series like “High Town,” “Power Book II: Ghost.”

Zlotnik’s departure from Starz came nearly a year after Chris Albrecht left as CEO of the network. Zlotnick and Albrecht have a long history together, both during their tenures with Starz but also at HBO, which Albrecht ran as CEO from 2002-2007. Albrecht was replaced at Starz by Jeffrey Hirsch last year. In between his stints at HBO and Starz, which he first joined in 2010 alongside Albrecht, he was with IMG.

On Tuesday, Apple reported its first quarterly earnings since the launch of its Apple TV+, though the new streaming service was barely talked about during its call with analysts (no subscriber information was disclosed).

Earlier this month, Apple finalized an exclusive production deal with former HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Plepler’s newly-launched production company Eden Productions will create television series, documentaries and feature films for the newly-launched streamer.

Deadline first reported the news about Zlotnik’s move to Apple.