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Starz Rings Nasdaq Bell With ‘Spartacus’ Cast

25 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Starz Jan. 25 celebrated its recent spin-off from Liberty Media Corp. with cast members from original series “Spartacus” joining CEO Chris Albrecht in ringing the Nasdaq opening bell in Times Square in Manhattan, New York.

Joining Albrecht were actors Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare and Todd Lasance, and series creator Steven DeKnight, in anticipation of the Jan. 25 final season premiere episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned.

Starz’ businesses include Starz Entertainment, which distributes Walt Disney Studios (through 2015) and Sony Pictures (through 2017) movies in the pay-TV window. It also distributes Starz Originals programming such as “Magic City” and the “Spartacus” franchise, among others.

Netflix, which assumes distribution of Disney movies in the pay-TV window in 2016, said it would bid on the Sony Pictures rights as well. Netflix and Starz ended their distribution agreement last February — a deal that helped Netflix launch the subscription video-on-demand market. 

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