Stephan Shelanski, who has been at Starz since its 1994 launch, is leaving the company at the end of the year. HBO veteran Dave Baldwin is joining Starz as EVP Program Planning, taking over some of Shelanski’s responsibilities. Shelanski serves as EVP Programming, overseeing all original programming and film acquisitions for Starz Entertainment and its linear channels, HD services, on-demand platforms and broadband services. He shepherded the pay cable network’s entry into original programming with dramas Spartacus: Blood And Sand and Crash and comedy series Party Down and Gravity.
Based in Starz’s New York City office, Baldwin will be responsible for all programming planning and research for the company’s linear channels and associated on-demand and online services. He will report to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, for whom he previously worked at HBO. Baldwin comes to Starz after serving 31 years in research and scheduling at HBO, most recently as EVP Program Planning. “I am very pleased to bring my long-time colleague, Dave Baldwin, onto the Starz executive bench,” Albrecht said. “Dave has an incredible amount of experience and a proven track record in program planning and research.”