Russell Schwartz

Russell Schwartz

Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business&Legal Affairs

Russell Schwartz

Russell Schwartz is Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business & Legal Affairs at Starz. Schwartz leads the company’s business and legal affairs group for its  STARZ Original series and TV production business.

Schwartz is a 30 year TV industry veteran based in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining Starz in 2011, Schwartz was a consultant with clients including individual producers, new media start-ups, ABC Studios and ABC Network.  Schwartz spent 17 years at HBO in various business affairs positions and prior to that worked for GTG Entertainment and CBS Entertainment as a business affairs executive.  Schwartz came to Hollywood after being a partner at the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver, which has since merged with Reed Smith, a top 20 international law firm.

While at HBO, Schwartz shepherded the mega-hit ”Everybody Loves Raymond,” as well as working on series starring Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Charles Dutton, John Leguizamo and Ben Stiller. Schwartz has also held various senior executive positions in the television business with responsibility for television production, financing,distribution, merchandising, strategic planning, and new media.

Schwartz graduated with a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School. Schwartz resides with his family in Los Angeles.