Michael Thornton moves into a new position that will oversee network sales, affiliate marketing, and the distribution business that includes Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Worldwide Distribution, and Starz Digital Media. He’ll be based in Englewood, Colo. offices and report to Starz President Glenn Curtis. “In the rapidly changing media business landscape, it is important for Starz to unite together the revenue businesses of affiliate sales and Starz Distribution under one senior executive,” CEO Chris Albrecht says. Prior to the promotion, Thornton was EVP Acquisitions, Business and Legal Affairs. Meanwhile, the company says that Ed Huguez will step down as President of Affiliate Distribution but remain an advisor through the first quarter of 2014. “During his tenure, Ed has been instrumental in increasing the value of the networks, the channels’ distribution and revenue,” Albrecht says. “We thank him for his hard work and dedication to the company and are grateful for his help during the transition.”