David Weil has joined Starz as EVP and General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs. He takes over from Steve Beabout, who is retiring after 18 years as General Counsel. Weil will be based in the Beverly Hills headquarters where he will be responsible for developing the strategic direction of business and legal affairs for the company, including the Starz linear channels, affiliate negotiations, public company compliance management and the worldwide distribution and home entertainment businesses. He will report to Chris Albrecht, CEO.

Weil joins Starz following a 10-year stint as CEO at Walden Media/Bristol Bay Productions. Before that, he served 25 years as a partner in the entertainment, sports and media department at international firm O’Melveny & Myers.