Melissa Harper and Richter Hartig have been promoted from VP level to Senior Vice Presidents in Original Programming Production at Starz. Their appointments were announced today by Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. Both have been credited with a dramatic increase in original programming production in their roles as VPS and will continue to expand their responsibilities as the slate continues to grow. Harper joined Starz in 2006 as part of the IDT Entertainment acquisition and subsequent creation of Starz Media. There she was a part of the live action department providing production support and management on a slate of movies and series for other networks including the Syfy, Lifetime, and IFC. Since then Harper has provided oversight for the production and delivery of recent series such as Boss, Spartacus, Magic City, Da Vinci’s Demons, The White Queen, and the upcoming Starz original series Black Sails, Power, and Outlander  Hartig also joined Starz in 2006 upon the creation of Starz Media. He has served in various programming business roles at Starz, acting as a nexus between TV production and corporate/finance.

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