Starz Programming Exec Marta Fernandez Departing

The 12-year veteran of the premium cable outlet was upped to her current position just a few months ago.
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Marta Fernandez

Starz programming executive Marta Fernandez is leaving the premium cable outlet after more than a decade there.

Fernandez, executive vp original programming at the network, has been in her current post for just a few months, having been upped from senior vp in December. She has overseen the network's inclusion efforts and helped develop original series including Vida, American Gods and the upcoming P-Valley.

In her previous post, Fernandez shepherded the cabler's Spartacus franchise, Da Vinci's Demons, Black Sails and Ash vs. Evil Dead. She had been with Starz since 2007.

Fernandez's departure comes at a point of transition for Starz, which in March saw longtime CEO Chris Albrecht step down as the cabler became more fully integrated with owner Lionsgate, which acquired the channel and other assets in 2016 for $4.4 billion. COO Jeffrey Hirsch and the rest of the Starz leadership team are working with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer as the two companies continue the process. (The original programming department was not among those targeted for further integration with Lionsgate.)

Starz has yet to name a replacement for Albrecht.

Lionsgate stock, meanwhile, rose late last week on reports that CBS had made an informal $5 billion offer for Starz. Lionsgate rejected the overture, per a report on The Information.

Starz's flagship series Power is set to end after its upcoming sixth season, although creator Courtney Kemp — who has an overall deal with Starz and Lionsgate TV — is developing spinoffs to continue the franchise.

Starz originals also include Outlander, Sweetbitter, Now Apocalypse and The Spanish Princess, along with the upcoming The Rook.