Starz creates head of acquisitions position

Michelle Clancy | 16-01-2014

Starz has promoted Kevin Kasha to the newly created position of head of acquisitions at Starz. Previously, Kasha was executive vice president of worldwide acquisitions and co-productions at Starz subsidiary Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Kasha will oversee film, television series, and digital acquisitions for all of the Starz businesses including Starz Networks, Starz Worldwide Distribution, Starz Digital Media and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

"Consolidating our acquisitions responsibilities for all of the Starz businesses through an executive of Kevin's talents is a great opportunity to bring those business activities into greater alignment," said Michael Thornton, chief revenue officer at Starz. "Kevin has a strong track record of success through his work at Anchor Bay Films that will translate across our integrated businesses."

Kasha joined Anchor Bay Films in 2008 as senior vice president of acquisitions, before his EVP appointment in the spring of 2010. Prior to joining Anchor Bay, Kasha held the senior posts at New Line Home Entertainment as well as Miramax Home Entertainment where he reported directly to Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Since joining the team, Kasha has acquired more than 100 films in a five years, including award contenders City Island (starring Andy Garcia) and Solitary Man (starring Michael Douglas). Kasha also acquired the home entertainment and digital rights to AMC's smash hit The Walking Dead.

Recent acquisitions include Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, the film Kill the Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car and the cult hit Battle Royale.

Upcoming releases include At Middleton starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, as well as a new joint venture with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for the release of Gina Carano's In the Blood.

Kasha served as executive producer on the remake of the 1978 classic by Meir Zarchi, I Spit on Your Grave. Under Kasha, Anchor Bay released both versions. And, Kasha oversaw the company's partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), to distribute its Blu-ray and DVD releases.