EXCLUSIVE: Christina Davis stepped down as President of Original Programming at Starz after just over a year. I heard Davis just briefed his team on his decision.
“Christina Davis has decided to resign from her position to pursue other opportunities,” a spokesperson for Starz said in a statement to Deadline. “We wish her the best and thank her for her contributions over the past year. “
Former CBS drama chief Davis, who started at Starz during the pandemic and never met his team – and bosses – in person, led Starz’s programming and development team. She is expected to take some time to decide on her next career change.
The search has been initiated for Davis’ successor. Meanwhile, Karen Bailey, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, will lead the Programming and Development team under the supervision of Starz President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch.
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At Starz, Davis, an accomplished network development executive and leading Latina in the television industry, Davis led the charge as part of Starz’s creative mandate to produce premium content for women and a diverse audience. . In April, the network launched the #TakeTheLead initiative, a global effort deepening the company’s current commitment to storytelling by, about, and for women and under-represented audiences.
Davis led several series that took off during his tenure – all of which matched Starz’s programming strategy – Blindspotting, who just came out, and the next one Gaslit, the serpent queen and Black mafia family. She also oversaw several shows leading up to their second season, P-Valley, Hightown as good as Running the world, that awaits a renewal and leaves a development list filled with projects featuring strong and diverse female characters.
Prior to joining Starz, Davis was associated with writer-producer Michael Seitzman on Maniac Productions for two and a half years as part of a global deal with ABC Studios.
During his nearly 20 years at CBS, 11 of which as co-lead / head of drama development, Davis was involved in the development of the CSI and NCIS franchises and other successful series such as The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Scorpion, Bull and Mac Gyver.