Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of Starz, announced the promotion of Superna Kalle to President of International Networks, reflecting the premium pay platform’s continued international growth and success. Kalle previously served as Executive Vice President for International Digital Networks at Starz, where she joined in 2018 to lead the international expansion of Starzplay, now available in 58 countries globally.
Reporting directly to Hirsch, Kalle oversees the international division’s growth for Starzplay including all aspects of programming and production on international original series, distribution, marketing and publicity, along with Lionsgate Play. While at Starz, Kalle has solidified Starzplay’s presence in Europe, Latin America and Canada, and continues to expand the footprint, making Starz one of the world’s leading pure-play subscription platforms.
“Superna is an incredibly talented and strategic executive who has demonstrated her acute business expertise to help expand Starz into the global premium SVOD service it is today. She has done a superb job of building a successful international division from the ground up that has formed strategic distribution partnerships and international original productions that contribute to our company’s innovation and distinction. I look forward to even greater global growth under her continued leadership,” Hirsch said.
Prior to joining Starz, Kalle was a senior advisor to several media companies guiding them on international SVOD strategy, digital operations, restructuring and global business development. Major clients included Starz, Lionsgate and CBS/Showtime. Before that, she spent 16 years at Sony Pictures Television, where she served as Senior Vice President and GM, Networks.
Kalle currently serves on the Board of Directors for Starzplay Arabia, as a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and on the Board of Trustees of Woodbury University. Among her honors and awards, Kalle has been recognized as one of Cablefax’s “Most Powerful Women” and “Top Women in Media” multiple times, and was named a Multichannel News/NAMIC Luminary for her accomplishments overseeing Sony Movie Channel. She is also proud to be a Mentor in the 2021 Women in Entertainment (WIE) Mentorship Program (BBBSLA).