Network Teams Up With Executive Producers Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and CBS
Television Studios On The Series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Chief Executive
Officer Chris Albrecht announced today that STARZ will greenlight "Power," an
hour-long original drama series executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
and created by Courtney Kemp Agboh ("The Good Wife"), who will also serve as
an executive producer and showrunner.
"Power" tells the story of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City
nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite. He wants to build an empire,
turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there's just one problem: Ghost
is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the
most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His
marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is
tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches
businessman he wants to be most of all.
Albrecht said, "We are thrilled to add 'Power' to our growing original
programming lineup for 2014. Curtis has a unique and specific vision for the
series, lending it an authenticity and voice rarely seen. Courtney has
created a rich world and characters not often explored in contemporary drama.
There is a rawness and soul to the character of Ghost as he struggles to live
between these two worlds that we believe will leave an indelible mark on the
audience and stay with them after the credits roll."
"STARZ has given our team an opportunity to explore a world of beauty, luxury,
danger and death, all against the struggle of one man to define his nature and
his soul," says Courtney Kemp Agboh. "While the power and peril of Ghost's
world are specific, we hope to address the truly universal questions we all
face when we look in the mirror: who am I? Where am I going? Who do I want to
"This is a passion project for me and I couldn't be more thrilled to have
found a home with STARZ. I look forward to working with this incredibly
talented team on making 'Power' a hit show," says Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
"Courtney has crafted an incredible modern story from an idea we developed
with Fifty and Randall Emmett. She's without hesitation one of the best
writers and storytellers that I've had the privilege to work with," says
executive producer Mark Canton. "I've had a long relationship with Chris
Albrecht and Randall and I look forward to raising the bar together with him,
his colleagues at STARZ and our partners and CBS Studios. I know we are at
the right time and right place with this powerful project."
Executive Producer Randall Emmett says, "We are excited to make this series
happen. The creativity of this team is unparalleled."
The series was created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, who is also the executive
producer and showrunner on the series. "Power" represents another
collaboration between executive producers Mark Canton (300, Immortals) and
Randall Emmett (End Of Watch, 2 Guns, Lone Survivor), who are producing in
association with CBS Television Studios. Canton and Emmett most recently were
producers on Escape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold
Schwarzenegger, which will be released in theaters in October.
The first season will be eight, hour-long episodes and will begin filming in
late 2013. Starz retains all global distribution and home entertainment rights
to the series.
Courtney Kemp Agboh started her career in the magazine world publishing
articles in GQ, Vibe, and Marie Claire. She then left New York to pursue a
career in television writing for "The Bernie Mac Show" (Fox), "Eli Stone"
(ABC), and "The Good Wife" (CBS), among others. She lives in Los Angeles with
her husband and daughter.