STARZ Taps Sony Pictures TV Alum for Original Programming


STARZ has appointed Kathryn Busby, former executive VP of Sony’s TriStar Television, as president of original programming.

In her new role, Busby will be responsible for leading the programming and development team and delivering on the streaming platform’s mandate committed to narratives by, about and for underrepresented audiences.

While at Sony Pictures Television, Busby also sat on the Sony Pictures Action Council, which implemented the studio’s racial equity and inclusion initiatives. She has held leadership at Turner Broadcasting, New Line Cinema, The Carsey-Werner Company and Universal Television as well.

“Kathryn is an incredible, well-seasoned executive who has a long-running track record of developing series with unique voices,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, president and CEO of STARZ. “We are excited to welcome her to the STARZ team where I know she’ll be instrumental in furthering the company’s commitment to delivering 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,” said Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Jason Clodfelter, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios. “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.”