Lionsgate’s Starz has appointed seasoned engineer and tech exec Ameesh Paleja as chief technology officer, a newly created position at the company.
Paleja will work out of Englewood, Colorado, under Jeffrey Hirsch, Starz’s chief operating officer. He previously co-founded Atom Tickets, where he held the title of CEO since 2014. He will continue serving on Atom’s board and as an advisor as well as head of innovation.
Paleja started his career at Microsoft in 2001. Two years later he joined Amazon, where he helped launch Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s Appstore, Cloud Drive and the Kindle product line.
“Ameesh is a visionary and world-class technologist whose substantial experience with digital distribution platforms will deepen our brands’ connection with consumers and provide audiences the highest quality entertainment possible,” said Hirsch. “I’m delighted to welcome Ameesh to this new role and look forward to what the future holds for Starz and how Ameesh will lead us there.”
Paleja added: “Connecting customers to the content they’ll love has been a long-time passion of mine. Starz has some incredible storytellers and I am excited to help connect their stories to millions of new customers around the world.”