Chris Philip, an executive producer, writer and international television executive with extensive experience in development, packaging, production, business affairs, global strategy and distribution, has served as President of Starlings TV since its formation in 2018.
Philip is currently executive-producing the Peacock original drama Departure, starring Christopher Plummer and Archie Panjabi, and The CW’s sci-fi action series Pandora. Both have been picked up for second seasons. They will be followed by female-driven grounded sci-fi series Veil, which is gearing up for production next.
Philip has brought Paris-based distributor Mediawan onto several Starlings projects, including murder mystery series Sherlock’s Daughter from showrunner James Duff (The Closer) and writer Brendan Foley (Cold Courage), and a slate of TV movies, starting with thriller The Admirer written by Philip and starring Roxanne McKee, Tina Casciani and Richard Fleeshman.
Philip is also working with ZDF Enterprises and G5 Fiction on developing high-profile projects Alexander the Great, a collaboration with Ben Silverman/Propagate, written by Michael Hirst (Vikings, The Tudors); and Romanovs spy thriller Red Winter, written by Stephen Kronish (24, The Kennedys).
Previous credits include executive producing two NBC primetime scripted drama series, the critically-acclaimed Siberia and Crusoe, starring Philip Winchester; executive producing syndicated series SAF3 starring Dolph Lundgren; co-creating Deep Undercover(with 52 episodes currently streaming on Netflix); and co-producing Colibritany, a series of digital properties that achieved nearly 100 million views on YouTube.
Having launched his career as a Vice President at ITC/PolyGram Television, which was later acquired by Universal, Philip remained with the major Hollywood studio for 13 years until leaving to lead the UK’s Power Television as President. He then co-founded Engine Entertainment – later sold to Philip’s longtime producing collaborator Ben Silverman – and most recently served as Head of Production at Televisa USA.