Job Title:  Director, Program Publicity

Department:  Marketing & Publicity

New York, NY, US, 10036

Summary of Position:

The Director, Program Publicity is responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of communications and program publicity campaigns for STARZ network original series. This role requires a strategic thinker with creative, out-of-the-box ideas, strong public relations skills and solid press relationships across multiple platforms. Takes initiative but is willing to collaborate with different disciplines and stakeholders, and able to work with high-level executives. Must have strong written, verbal and organizational skills; Problem solver; good judgment, ability to adapt quickly under pressure, leadership skills.   

The Director, Program Publicity will lead and manage the development and implementation of all efforts around publicity on assigned Starz original series, including but not limited to developing and executing a comprehensive PR strategy, press outreach, the writing of press releases, press kits and presentations, events, media exposure for talent, producers, key executives and the positioning of assigned series with press and in the industry. 



Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and execute strategic and innovative publicity campaigns for Starz Original Series and talent
  • Manage large-scale, high-visibility projects and possess excellent time management and organization skills, with a reputation for flawless execution and management 
  • Identify and successfully pitch programming, campaigns and initiatives to media, including long leads, dailies, weeklies and online publications; as well as secure electronic bookings; respond to media requests for information and interviews
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with members of the press (broadcast, radio, print, online, blogs, trades, etc.)
  • Coordinate media opportunities and brief/prep/media train talent and executives for media interviews, speaking opportunities and panels 
  • Monitor competitive landscape, providing updates on key communication and press activity; Monitor and stay ahead of industry trends  
  • Organize and/or support press events, including seminars, media briefings, screenings, partnerships (consumer and non-profit), media tours, satellite and radio media tours, presentations for the twice-yearly Television Critics Association tour and San Diego and New York Comic-Con  
  • Work with awards team to develop and execute awards campaign strategy for assigned series
  • Manage budget for all initiatives including press kit development, press initiatives, talent travel expenses, etc., with a keen eye for ROI across all PR functions   
  • Oversee launch memos and wrap reports for STARZ Original Series reflecting all press coverage and ad equivalency   
  • Liaise with production, affiliates, marketing, and digital/social teams, maintaining the flow of information across the various teams. Must possess the ability/willingness to collaborate across groups and disciplines
  • Manage and coordinate Festivals (Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, Tribeca etc.) as it pertains to your series   
  • Interact independently with producers and on-air talent to prepare them for interviews
  • Manage Unit Publicist when applicable to ensure all PR and marketing materials are produced seamlessly across production and talent  
  • Manage relationships with outside public relations agencies and consultants 
  • Leverage social media platforms and incorporate latest technology in PR practices  
  • Manage the daily press clips process, prioritizing by importance
  • Travel to and represent Starz at various events   



Experience & Skills:
  • 8+ years of progressive entertainment PR experience in a studio, network, agency or journalism setting
  • Established relationships with key media as well as the ability to build and maintain connections with key journalist and social media influencers
  • Experience working across marquee properties at a studio and a familiarity with STARZ original programming preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to meet tight deadlines with budgetary constraints and changing priorities (must be extremely flexible and versatile). Must be able to handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously
  • Superb written, verbal and interpersonal skills are essential, as is an ability to speak and think clearly and creatively and generate new ideas on a regular basis.   
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Publicity, Journalism or related field
  • Ability to travel at least 25% of the time


Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ® brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 7,500 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.



STARZ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This means that all applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of gender, age, race, national origin, disability, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, STARZ will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City