Starz hires original programming prez

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of Starz, a Lionsgate company, announced today that highly regarded programming executive Christina Davis has been named President, Original Programming. She will be tasked with leading the programming and development team for the global premium platform and delivering on its creative mandate of producing premium content for women and diverse audiences worldwide.

As head of Drama Series Development for CBS for 11 years, Davis delivered the network the #1 New Drama in 9 out of 11 years had a hand in developing the "CSI" and "NCIS" franchises and such acclaimed series as "The Good Wife," "Blue Bloods," "Criminal Minds," "Hawaii Five-O," "Elementary," "Madam Secretary," "Scorpion," "Bull," "MacGyver" and "Code Black."

Davis previously served as Executive Vice President, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment, a role she held from 2009 - 2017. Having started in the CBS drama series department in 1997 as assistant to then drama head Nina Tassler, Davis spent nearly twenty years rising through the ranks in both development and current series at CBS Entertainment.

Following her departure from CBS, Davis co-founded the television production company Maniac Productions, with writer-producer Michael Seitzman in 2017, based at ABC Studios. Davis is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. A former honoree for The Imagen Foundation's "Powerful & Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry," she sits on the Board of Directors for HRTS (Hollywood Radio and Television Society) and Girls Inc. Davis also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers' (NALIP) Diverse Women in Media Forum.

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