Starz hires lead attorney
US media company Starz has recruited Audrey Lee as executive vice president and general counsel. She is based in the company’s Beverly Hills, California office and reports directly to president and CEO Chris Albrecht.
According to the company, Lee takes over from chief legal officer David Weil, who joined Starz in 2014 and will continue in a consulting role.
In her new role, Lee is responsible for developing the strategic direction of business and legal affairs for the company, including affiliate negotiations, content acquisition and production, litigation and compliance.
She previously worked at Starz parent company Lionsgate, where she served as executive vice president and deputy general counsel. In that role, she worked with Lionsgate senior management on M&A activities and overseeing legal issues for Lionsgate’s subscription video-on-demand channels, location-based entertainment, merchandising and gaming businesses. Before joining Lionsgate, she served as senior vice president of legal affairs at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
‘Audrey’s broad legal experience in the entertainment industry makes her the ideal choice to lead the Starz legal team as the network evolves and thrives with the growing original programming slate,’ Albrecht says in a statement. ‘David has been instrumental in charting the strategic direction for the Starz businesses over the past several years and we thank him for his invaluable contributions to Starz and its evolution into a global media brand.’