Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of Starz, a Lionsgate company, has announced that highly-regarded programming executive Christina Davis has been named President, Original Programming. She will be tasked with leading the programming and development team for the global premium platform and delivering on its creative mandate of producing premium content for women and diverse audiences worldwide.
As head of Drama Series Development for CBS for 11 years, Davis delivered the network the #1 New Drama in nine out of 11 years had a hand in developing the CSI and NCIS franchises and such acclaimed series as The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O, Elementary, MacGyver, Code Black and more.
“Christina has established an impressive track record in developing successful, quality drama series and building lasting, fruitful relationships within the creative community which I believe will allow us to fully execute on the creative vision we have set for Starz,” said Hirsch. “She is a welcome addition to the leadership team and we look forward to bringing her talent and experience to bear in producing best in class, premium content that will resonate with audiences and continue to elevate the platform around the world.”
“I am so excited to be joining the incredible team at Starz. This is a company I greatly admire for its critically acclaimed series, as well as the way Jeff has led the growth of its global audience, through both traditional linear television and the rapid expansion of the Starz App,” said Davis. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to help guide such an extraordinary network into a thrilling new period of growth and look forward to working with the best creators in television to tell bold, captivating stories that audiences will be truly passionate about.”
Davis previously served as Executive Vice President, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment, a role she held from 2009 – 2017.