‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

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Courtney Kemp, the creator of Starz’s crime drama “Power,” has signed a new overall wide-ranging deal with the premium cable channel’s parent company, Lionsgate.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the deal has been deemed as “one-of-a-kind” agreement by Lionsgate. The development and production deal offers Kemp and her End of Episode shingle the opportunity to expand the “Power” franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz.

Additionally, the deal encompasses other projects for Lionsgate to take to market for Kemp on a multitude of platforms.

“Courtney is a one of a kind talent and we couldn’t be more excited about this unique and exclusive deal,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “She’s an exceptional producer, incredible showrunner and artist, and we’re proud that she chose Lionsgate as her creative incubator. We look forward to the bold, original and provocative content she will offer our programming slates.”

The multiyear and multishow agreement comes about two weeks after “Power” star and fellow executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson inked his four-year pact with Starz. Deadline reports that Kemp’s latest overall deal today comes a year and a half after the Emmy nominee signed a similar arrangement with Starz and then-new parent company Lionsgate in 2017.

Kemp’s new deal brings some changes at her End of Episode, with ex-Lionsgate head of worldwide scripted television chief Chris Selak joining as company president and development executive Danielle De Jesus getting promoted to senior vice president.

“I’m incredibly proud of the success we’ve had with ‘Power’ and I’m excited about expanding our banner and diversifying the types of stories we’re telling,” Kemp said. “Chris brings with her a depth of experience that will elevate End of Episode to a new level and I’m looking forward to exploring new ways of writing about my obsession: the intersections of violence, power, sex and romance.”

Witnessing the surprise death of 50 Cent’s character in its penultimate episode, “Power,” which premiered in 2014, wrapped its fifth season early last month, matching a yearly ratings high and seeing another online surge of fans watching on the Starz app.

Already renewed for a sixth season, which characters from the well-watched series – also starring Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora – make it to a possible spin-off remains to be seen.

-BAM

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