Starz | Executive Vice President, International Digital Networks
Superna Kalle is Executive Vice President, International Digital Networks.
Kalle reports directly to Starz President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch and is based in the company’s Santa Monica office. Kalle leads the international expansion of Starz-branded digital and linear services and channels (STARZPLAY), overseeing strategy and operations. STARZPLAY now reaches 31 countries across Europe, Latin America, Canada, India and Japan along with 19 countries through STARZPLAY ARABIA.
Most recently, Kalle was a senior advisor to several media companies guiding them on international SVOD strategy, digital operations, restructuring and global business development. Major clients included Starz, Lionsgate and CBS/Showtime.
Kalle spent 16 years at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) where she served as Senior Vice President and GM, Networks. Based out of SPT’s headquarters in Culver City, Calif., Kalle oversaw the company’s television networks portfolio and equity investments in the U.S. and Canada. For the U.S., she launched and served as general manager of the wholly-owned Sony networks, Sony Movie Channel, SPT’s first multi-platform television network; Cine Sony Television, SPT’s Spanish language movie network; and getTV, the Company’s first digital subchannel dedicated to classic programming. Kalle also served on the board of other popular cable and digital channels, including GSN (Game Show Network, LLC) and fearNET (a joint venture with Lionsgate and Comcast). In Canada, Kalle oversaw SPT’s partnership with Hollywood Suite, which carried the Sony Movie Channel brand.
Prior to her domestic role at Sony, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, International Networks in 2008 and held multiple Board positions at SPT’s television networks business in India, Japan and pan-Asia. Prior to her promotion, she was SPT’s Vice President, International Networks since 2005. She joined SPT from parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), where she had served as Vice President, Corporate Development since 2004. She joined SPE as Manager, Corporate Development in 1999.
Among her honors and awards, Kalle has been recognized as one of Cablefax’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” three times, and was named a Multichannel News/NAMIC Luminary for her accomplishments overseeing Sony Movie Channel.
Kalle holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.B.A. in management from Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.