Starz Encore to shut down Starz! Pictures division
US pay TV channel operator Starz Encore Group is to shut down its Starz! Pictures cable movie development and production unit, laying off Los Angeles-based vice president of original movies Paige Orloff and her three-person development team. A Starz Encore spokesman confirmed that the unit, which most recently produced boxing drama Joe and Max, is "winding down" and will cease operations by the end of the year.