Starz Entertainment ups Parker to SVP business & legal affairs

MUMBAI: Michelle Parker has been promoted to senior vice president of business and legal affairs, distribution for Starz Entertainment.

Parker was most recently vice president of business and legal affairs, distribution, a position which she was promoted to in April 2008.

Parker acts as the lead attorney for all new media and technology matters for the Starz Entertainment pay television business and Starz Media. This role includes business affairs support for programming acquisitions and distribution arrangements for the Starz pay television channels and services, acting as the digital privacy officer for Starz, and leading business affairs support for Starz Digital Media’s activities, including domestic and international digital distribution. Parker also leads business affairs support for Starz Media’s growing domestic and international television distribution businesses.

"Michelle’s accomplishments and contributions to the Business Affairs group have been extraordinary. Originally focusing successfully on the company’s broadband distribution business and related studio programming partner affairs, Michelle truly has stepped up and become one of the key, integral Starz Legal figures with a comprehensive range of responsibilities including studio, business affiliate and emerging new media business relations," said Starz Entertainment executive vice president, general counsel and secretary Steve Beabout.

Parker joined Starz Entertainment in 2005 as executive director, business affairs, programming, and was previously executive director, business & legal affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment.