Spotify has tapped longtime TV exec Liz Gateley, most recently head of programming at Lifetime, as head of creative development focused on original podcast content.
“I am excited to be back in the music/culture world to tell loud stories with my incredible team and to help invent new executions as I always have, but, most importantly, to join at such a transformative time at Spotify on the heels of the Gimlet and Anchor acquisitions," Gateley wrote in the post. "I also get to work with Dawn Ostroff and Courtney Holt, both former colleagues and two of the smartest people I know."” />
She announced her new role Thursday in a post on LinkedIn. Gateley will oversee Spotify’s original content development teams in New York and Los Angeles and the company’s expansion into podcasting including in comedy, sports, YA fiction and scripted, news/documentaries and additional music formats.
Her hiring comes after Spotify earlier this month launched a big new push into podcasting, spending almost $340 million to acquire producer Gimlet Media and services platform Anchor.
Before DiGa, she was a programming exec at MTV where she created "Laguna Beach" and co-created and executive produced its spinoffs, "The Hills" and "The City." Prior to joining Lifetime in 2015, she was partners with Tony DiSanto in the DiGa production banner that was behind shows including MTV’s “Teen Wolf”; in 2014, Gateley and DiSanto sold the company to the U.K.'s ITV. Gateley exited A+E Networks’ Lifetime about a year ago.

and Germany a year ago with digital nets from Discovery, ITV, NBCU and RTL among others. Amazon launched its channels service in the U.K.
“We continue to build on the selection of live and on-demand TV channels for Prime members with over 120 channels across Europe, so it couldn’t be more fitting that today we celebrate by bringing customers StarzPlay,” said Alex Green, European MD of channels and sport at Amazon Prime Video.
Lionsgate chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer made the announcement. Lionsgate made the announcement Thursday as part of its earnings report for its fiscal year ended March 31 at the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
The fourth-quarter earnings and revenues topped Wall Street forecasts. Adjusted earnings were $55 million, or 25 cents a share — well ahead of the analyst consensus of negative one cent a share. Revenue of $1.04 billion in the quarter was slightly above the forecast of $1.037 billion.
In Britain, Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to access Starzplay for £4.99 ($6.67) a month.
“These new channels allow us to extend the reach of our storytelling and bring the growing portfolio of Starz original series as well our extensive library of hit TV series and movies to a new audience.” The launch of StarzPlay "marks a significant expansion of the Starz platform into the global market," said Starz chief Chris Albrecht.
Motion picture revenue fell 19% to $424.9 million due partly to "La La Land" generating much of its box office in the year-ago period and profit slid 38.6% to $29.2 million. Media networks revenues edged down 1.4% to $365.7 million and segment profits were down 7.7% to $115.2 million.” /> TV production revenue gained 2% to $252.7 million and segment profits nearly doubled to $23.4 million.
The TV lineup includes new shows “Vida” and “Sweetbitter,” as well as Starz dramas “Power,” "Outlander" and “Boss,” and comedies “Party Down” and “Survivor’s Remorse.”
and Germany on Amazon Prime Video." "Our strong quarter capped a successful year in which we exceeded our internal and consensus financial expectations with significant contributions across our film, television, and Starz platforms," he said. Today I'm pleased to announce that we've taken a major step forward in this initiative by launching Starzplay branded channels in the U.K. "We enter fiscal 2019 well positioned to continue growing our worldwide content platform, deepening our key talent relationships, and rolling out Starz as a truly global consumer brand.
The launch of StarzPlay means that British and German viewers will be able to watch upcoming original shows from the U.S. premium cabler day-and-date with the U.S. and Germany; there is already a branded Starz Play Arabia OTT service in the Middle East. and access a catalog of movies including “The Hunger Games.” The channel launches are the first for Lionsgate-owned Starz in the U.K.
In a key expansion move, Lionsgate is teaming with Amazon to expand its Starz network in Europe through its Starzplay channels in Germany and the U.K.
The move comes a year and a half after Lionsgate bought Starz Inc. for $4.4 billion in cash and stock in late 2016.