Superna Kalle has been appointed president of the premium pay-TV platform Starz.
Kalle previously served as executive VP 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 Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch, Kalle oversees the international division’s growth for Starzplay including all aspects of programming and production on Starzplay international original series, distribution, marketing and publicity, along with Lionsgate Play.
Commenting on the promotion, Hirsch said: “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”.
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.
Kalle spent 16 years at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) where she served as senior VP and GM, networks.
Prior to her domestic role at Sony, she was senior VP, International Networks and held multiple board positions at SPT’s television networks business in India, Japan and pan-Asia. Kalle also previously served as SPT’s VP, international networks.
She joined SPT from parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), where she had served as VP, corporate development. She joined SPE as manager, corporate development in 1999.