Starz, Lionsgate Signs ‘Power’ Creator Courtney A. Kemp To Development Deal

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Power creator Courtney A. Kemp has signed an exclusive multi-year development deal with Starz and Lionsgate, the companies said Monday.

The deal allows Kemp to develop and produce new projects for Starz and other content through her End of Episode production company while continuing her role as showrunner and executive producer of Power.

The drama series, about a drug kingpin looking to become a legit businessman, drew 8 million multiplatform views (Live + SD) per episode, according to Starz. Power will launch its fourth season later this summer.

“Courtney A. Kemp is the complete showrunner package, and we’re thrilled to continue collaborating with such a creative talent and outstanding producer,” said Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz in a statement. “We are proud to see Courtney receive the recognition she deserves in our industry and are pleased the combined ‘power’ of Starz and Lionsgate offers even greater opportunities for her – and us – in the creative community.”

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