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Starz Acquires Holocaust-Themed Docs

Starz Entertainment has acquired five documentaries from the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films which will air next month.

The films, including Academy Award®-winners Genocide and The Long Way Home, as well as
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal,
Unlikely Heroes and Liberation, are slated to air on
Starz's IndiePlex channel beginning Oct. 1, according to Starz. That date marks the
anniversary of the mass, open execution of more than 1,000 of the
remaining Jewish inhabitants of the German-controlled town of Luboml,
Poland in 1942.

The documentaries are scheduled to air again in
April 2010 alongside an array of feature films on Starz Cinema and
Encore Drama, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Month.

"Starz
acquired the documentaries at the suggestion of Brian Roberts, Chairman
and CEO of Comcast Corporation, who has long been associated with The
Simon Wiesenthal Center," said Robert B. Clasen, Chairman and CEO,
Starz, LLC in a statement. "As a company, Starz applauds the efforts of
the center and is honored to air programming that supports the legacy
of Mr. Wiesenthal and the organization's commendable mission."

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.