Starz has named Kathryn Busby as its new president of original programming.
Busby replaces Christina Davis, who left the job back in June.
Busby comes over from Sony Pictures Television, where she led TriStar Television. Prior to joining Sony Pictures Television, Busby served as vice president, original programming for TBS, where she partnered with Franklin Leonard, creator of “The Blacklist,” to create a joint initiative to identify diverse new writing talent for blind script deals and staffing consideration.
“Kathryn is an incredible well-seasoned executive who has a long-running track record of developing series with unique voices,” Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome her to the Starz team where I know she’ll be instrumental in furthering the company’s commitment to deliver programming for women and underrepresented audiences.”
Busby said: “I am inspired by Starz’s dedication and commitment to fearless, unapologetic stories and characters, and I am beyond thrilled to work with the extraordinary team there. The time is now for storytelling that celebrates the full spectrum of humanity, and the place to do it is Starz. This is an amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“Kathryn is a talented, respected, creative leader and we have been very fortunate to work with her at Sony Pictures Television. We know this is a wonderful opportunity for her and an exciting next step in her career. We wish her all the best and look forward to continuing to work together in her new role at Starz,” said Jeff Frost, president, Sony Pictures Television Studios and Jason Clodfelter, co-president, Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Busby joins Starz right as its owner, Lionsgate, is deciding whether or not to sell or spin-off the pay-cable network.