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STARZ RECEIVES SIX GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARD NOMINATIONS

INCLUDING BEST TELEVISION SERIES “OUTLANDER” AND BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES “FLESH AND BONE”

Network Receives First Ever Recognition in All Three Television Categories, Including Performance Nominations for Caitriona Balfe, Sarah Hay, Patrick Stewart and Tobias Menzies

Beverly Hills, Calif., December 10, 2015 – STARZ was nominated for six Golden Globe® awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards nomination ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The network garnered category nominations for “Outlander” for Best Television Series – Drama and “Flesh and Bone” for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Outlander 2014This marks the first time the network has received nominations in all three television categories across drama, comedy and limited-series, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Caitriona Balfe in “Outlander,” Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Sarah Hay in “Flesh and Bone,” Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Patrick Stewart in “Blunt Talk” and Best Performance by an actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Tobias Menzies in “Outlander.”

“Our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring STARZ with nominations for our series ‘Outlander’ and ‘Flesh and Bone’ and the performances of Catiriona Balfe, Sarah Hay, Patrick Stewart and Tobias Menzies,” said Starz CEO, Chris Albrecht. “We are incredibly proud of our talented actors and producing partners who have been recognized for their achievements.”

“Outlander,” currently in production on its second season which will return to STARZ in Spring 2016, is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). The series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure as it follows Claire Randall, a married WWII combat nurse who mistakenly falls back in time to 1743. “Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Claire Robbins (Sarah Hay)_5“Flesh and Bone,” a gritty eight-hour limited series created by Emmy® award-winning “Breaking Bad” writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. John Melfi (“House of Cards,” “Sex and the City”), Lawrence Bender (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting) and Kevin Brown (“Roswell”) are Executive Producers. Australian filmmaker David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom,” “Rover”) directed the first episode. The limited series premiered November 8th and the entire series is currently available on STARZ Play and STARZ On Demand for STARZ subscribers.

This marks the first Golden Globe® nomination for Caitriona Balfe (Money Monster, Now You See Me) who stars as Claire Randall in “Outlander.” It is also the first nomination for Sarah Hay, who stars as Claire Robbins in “Flesh and Bone” and is a soloist dancer currently for Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany after dancing professionally in the US for four years and training at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.

BluntTalkThis is the third Golden Globe® nomination for Patrick Stewart and his first nomination for a comedy series. Stewart was recognized for his performance in the STARZ comedy series, “Blunt Talk” as Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news.  The series from Media Rights Capital (MRC) and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis premiered its first season on August 22, and is greenlit for a second season to return in 2016 on STARZ.

This is the first Golden Globe® nomination for Tobias Menzies (“The Honorable Woman,” “Game of Thrones,” Casino Royale, Atonement) who plays two characters in the STARZ Original Series “Outlander,” Frank Randall the beloved husband of Claire in the 1940s and Captain “Black Jack” Randall, the Captain of the English Army in 1793, capable of monstrous acts.

About Starz
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks) and global content distribution (Starz Distribution), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of September 30, 2015, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 55.8 million subscribers, including 23.3 million at STARZ, and 32.5 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY.  Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution’s home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties.

HBO RECEIVES 7 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2015 – HBO received 7 Golden Globe nominations for the upcoming 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, which were announced today in Los Angeles. The Golden Globe Awards will be presented Jan. 10 in Los Angeles.

HBO’s Golden Globe nominations this year include:

    • 2 nominations for “Veep”:  Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
    • 1 nomination for “Bessie”: Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Queen Latifah).
    • 1 nomination for “Game of Thrones”:  Best Television Series – Drama.
    • 1 nomination for “Nightingale”: Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (David Oyelowo).
    • 1 nomination for “Show Me a Hero”: Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Oscar Isaac).
    • 1 nomination for “Silicon Valley”:  Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES

HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS PRESENTS

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES,

A DEFINITIVE PORTRAIT OF THE PROVOCATIVE ARTIST, DEBUTING IN APRIL 2016, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Fenton Bailey And Randy Barbato Direct; Documentary Debuts In Conjunction With Simultaneous Retrospectives At The Getty Museum And The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art

“Look at the pictures,” said Senator Jesse Helms, denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism, igniting a culture war that rages to this day.

More than 25 years later, the HBO Documentary Films presentation MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES does just that, taking an unflinching, unprecedented look at his most provocative work. From acclaimed filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Robert Barbato (“Inside Deep Throat”; HBO’s “Wishful Drinking” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), and produced by Katharina Otto-Bernstein (“Absolute Wilson”), the first feature-length documentary about the artist since his death, and the most comprehensive film on Mapplethorpe ever, debuts in April 2016 on HBO.

As The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art prepare landmark Mapplethorpe retrospectives (both opening in March), the film goes inside the preparation for the exhibitions as a jumping-off point to tell the complete story of his life and work for the first time, and explore the interplay between his personal and professional lives. MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES reveals a controversial artist who turned contemporary photography into a fine art.

With complete and unprecedented access to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the documentary draws upon archival materials and features never-before-seen photographs and footage. “Even his most shocking and forbidden images are included without blurs, without snickers – in other words, exactly as the artist intended,” say Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Mapplethorpe himself is a strong presence, telling his story in his own words with complete honesty and often shocking candor through rediscovered audio interviews.

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES follows his early beginnings as a young artist in New York City through his meteoric rise in the art world to his untimely death. In 1963, he enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he studied drawing, painting and sculpture, and soon met his first girlfriend, Patti Smith, one in a string of profoundly influential lovers. By the late 1960s and early 1970s he was taking Polaroid photographs of friends and acquaintances, and was determined to make it, which meant being recognized as an artist and becoming famous.

Almost all of the people from key relationships in his life are present in the film, including Sam Wagstaff, David Croland, Lisa Lyon, Marcus Leatherdale and Jack Walls. The documentary also features almost 50 original interviews with family, friends, co-workers and colleagues, including Mary Boone, Carolina Herrera, Brooke Shields, Helen and Brice Marden, Fran Lebowitz, Bob Colacello and Debbie Harry.

Rounding out this portrait are the recollections of Mapplethorpe’s older sister, Nancy, and youngest brother, Edward. An artist himself, Edward assisted his brother for many years and was responsible for much of the technical excellence of his photography.

The duality of black-and-white work reverberated in his life. He often mounted two shows simultaneously: An uptown exhibition might include society portraits and delicate flower still-lifes, while his sexually explicit photographs were on view downtown. Mapplethorpe’s most controversial work — which he considered his most important — chronicled the underground BDSM (bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) scene of late 1970s New York City, sparking a national debate over public funding of art some deemed offensive or obscene.

Mapplethorpe was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, when the illness was still a death sentence. He spent the remainder of his life working more feverishly than ever before, not only pursuing perfection, but also striving to secure his legacy after his death. In 1988, a few months before Mapplethorpe’s passing, The Whitney Museum of American Art mounted his first major American museum retrospective.

The man who lived to be famous became even more famous after he died. Before his death, he designed one final show, The Perfect Moment, which bought images of flowers, S&M pictures and male African-American nudes together in a museum setting for the first time. As he himself predicted, the combination proved to be too much. In 1989, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. canceled The Perfect Moment after Senator Helms took aim at Mapplethorpe. Later that year, protests were held when the traveling exhibition arrived at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, resulting in obscenity charges against the CAC and its director, Dennis Barrie. After a dramatic court battle, both were ultimately found not guilty.

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES is a revealing look at one of the most important artists of the 20th century, whose name remains a byword for something illicit, dangerous and dark.

HBO Documentary Films in association with Film Manufacturers Inc. presents a World of Wonder production. Directed and produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato; produced by Katharina Otto-Bernstein; produced by Mona Card; associate producer, Jordan Papadopoulos; edited by Langdon F. Page; co-editor, Francy Kachler; original music by David Benjamin Steinberg; directors of photography, Mario Panagiotopoulos and Huy Truong. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

 

** Robert Mapplethorpe. ©Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of HBO.

ESA Announces New Directors of Federal Government Affairs

Association hires Nika Nour and Melissa Foxman, promotes manager Kevin O’Hanlon

December 2, 2015 – Washington, DC – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today welcomed Nika Nour and Melissa Foxman as directors in ESA’s Federal Government Affairs department. The association also announced the internal promotion of Kevin O’Hanlon to Director of Federal Government Affairs.

“Each of these individuals has extensive and varied experience across the public and private sectors, and a proven track record of effectively engaging policymakers on issues critical to our industry,” said Erik Huey, senior vice president of government affairs for ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “Kevin’s wealth of political knowledge and professionalism has been an invaluable asset to ESA, and Nika and Melissa will be strong additions to our team as we strive to educate key stakeholders about the video game industry’s significant and positive impact on society.”

Nour, Foxman and O’Hanlon will augment ESA’s federal government relations department, which advocates on behalf of the entertainment software industry to federal officials and staff, and underscores the important role video games play in education, health, business and the economy.

Nour joins ESA from the Internet Association, where she most recently served as the Director of Communications and Creative Strategies. In this role, she managed the association’s state and federal issue-based campaigns and implemented communications strategies around policies including net neutrality, patents and trade. Previously, Nour was a new media specialist for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, working with Chairman Fred Upton to coordinate and execute the committee’s digital communications, and served as then-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s deputy director of outreach and coalitions. Nour earned her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Los Angeles and holds master’s degrees from The George Washington University and George Mason University.

A seasoned government relations professional, Foxman brings 20 years of varied policy and public affairs experience to the ESA team. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition, a nonprofit organization that promotes the exchange of ideas between female leaders in the public and private sectors with a focus on technology policy. In this role, Foxman managed congressional relations, external affairs, board operations, member recruitment and communications. She previously served as a government relations consultant for a variety of companies and organizations, engaging policymakers on issues including telecommunications, financial services and economic development, and was an aide to former Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.). Foxman is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

O’Hanlon joined ESA in February, providing management support for the association’s federal government affairs efforts. He was previously the Managing Director of Polaris Consulting, LLC, representing a wide range of clients across a variety of policy issues, and served on the staffs of former Reps. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). O’Hanlon earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Ashville.

About ESA
ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com or follow us on Twitter: @ESAGovAffairs.

“OUTLANDER” SEASON TWO FIRST LOOK VIDEO

Teaser Video Kicks Off The 25 Days of Giving

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Today, STARZ released the first-look teaser for Season Two of “Outlander.” The critically-acclaimed series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and will return in Spring 2016.

The Season Two teaser is the first release for Starz’ 25 Days of #OutlanderOfferings. Starting December 1, Starz will release exclusive content across Twitter and Facebook, including never-before-seen season 2 photos, cast interviews, holiday recipes, and the chance to win special Outlander store items.

Season Two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden.  With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful.  Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship.  However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.

For more information go to OutlanderCommunity.com, our Facebook Page, Follow @Outlander_Starz on Twitter and Instagram.  Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ.