Long-forgotten long-over-looked and long-in-tooth Starz just became a playa: Chris Albrecht is aboard.

  Chunk of the release below, but this is a huge development because as you know Albrecht was the guy who nursed a little baby named "The Sopranos" into adulthood during his long and insanely successful run at HBO.

  Safe to say - no, completely accurate to say - Albrecht made HBO HBO.

  But...he also had as they like to say in Hollywood, "personal problems." Alcohol and a Chris-Brown-like altercation with his then-girlfriend is the shorthand here.

   I'd post a pix of Albrecht but the only ones I seem able to find are mugshots.

  Nevertheless, great newz for Starz...and I'm sure Chris has gone through his ten steps by this time...

 

"We are excited to have an industry leader with an exceptional track record join the Starz team," said Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO. "With his extensive experience and success in creating compelling original content and building a premium pay channel, Chris is a recognized visionary in the creative community and uniquely qualified to lead Starz into the future."

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Albrecht spent more than 20 years at HBO and was Chairman and CEO from 2002 to 2007. He spent seven years as President of HBO Original Programming which produced critically-acclaimed series including Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Deadwood, Band of Brothers and Entourage. As President of HBO Independent Productions, Albrecht guided development and production of comedy series including Martin and Everybody Loves Raymond. Previous to HBO, Albrecht spent five years at International Creative Management where he signed and represented top comedians including Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. Albrecht's most recent position was founder of Foresee Entertainment which constructs and executes business strategies that both anticipate and grow with the rapidly changing media landscape.

"I am thrilled and honored to be asked to join a great company like Starz and to help take advantage of the challenges and opportunities emerging in media and entertainment," said Albrecht. "I have always seen Starz as a bold, entrepreneurial and growth-oriented brand - one that I believe will be a great home for me. I look forward to putting my experiences and interests to work with the talented management team at Liberty and Starz to create valued products for consumers and our affiliate partners."