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David Knoller Inks Overall Deal With Starz, Joins Drama Project ‘Blackbirds’

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 10:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David Knoller Inks Overall Deal With Starz, Joins Drama Project ‘Blackbirds’Starz has signed a deal with another executive producer of its new drama series Power, which was just renewed for a second season. Under the overall pact, David Knoller also is joining Starz’s drama Blackbirds, from John Shiban, and will develop other projects for the pay cable network. The hire gives extra boost to Blackbirds, already on a fast track for an order after recently setting up a writers room. Adapted by Shiban from the novels by Chuck Wendig, Blackbirds centers on Power 2014Miriam Black, a hitchhiker who struggles with a unique ability to see how and when you die when she touches you. Shiban and Knoller executive produce the project, which is being developed under his Knollwood Prods. banner, with Ian Williams serving as the company’s director of development. “David is one of those rare people who is able to make everything he’s involved in better,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz.

Knoller will return to New York in the fall to executive produce and direct episodes of Power, created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. Executive producing the second season along with Knoller and Kemp Agboh, are Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, whom Starz signed into a first-look deal last year, and Randall Emmett. The deal solidifies Knoller’s reunion with Starz’s top executive Chris Albrecht and Zlotnik, with whom he previously worked at HBO as producer and director on Big Love and Carnivale. He is repped by … Read More »

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Starz’s ‘Power’ Renewed For Season 2

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Curtis 50 Cent Jackson and Omari HardwickAnother early second-season renewal for a Starz drama — the pay cable network has picked up Power following its debut last Friday. The series, created and executive produced by Courtney Kemp Agboh and executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, David Knoller and Randall Emmett, will begin production on its 10-episode second season in September in and around New York and at its home base at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn.

Starz logo 2014The eight-episode first season is set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade, and follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) as he attempts to leave his illegitimate lifestyle behind. “Power is a project extremely close to my heart and working with Chris Albrecht, Carmi Zlotnik and the Starz team has been the perfect fit for this,” Jackson said. “Viewers may be loving the start of Season 1 now, but Season 2 will blow them away.” Power debuted on Friday with 462,000 Live+same day at 9 PM, 1.27 million for the three Saturday night airings and 2.022 million for the nine weekend runs on Saturday and Sunday. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Shine Cracks ‘Code Of A Killer’; CBS, M6 Extend Partnership; Dogwoof Bites ‘The Overnighters’; More

Shine_International_LOGOShine International has taken on international distribution for ITV’s Code Of A Killer and Channel 5’s Rome: The World’s First Superpower. The former, produced by World Productions, tells the true story of Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA fingerprinting in the 1980s and its first use by detective David Baker (played by David Threlfall) in solving a double murder only three miles from Jeffreys’ lab. James Strong (Broadchurch/Gracepoint) is set to direct the two-part drama, which shoots in September. Rome: The World’s First Superpower is co-produced by 360Production and GroupM Entertainment. It looks at the major heroes and villains from Hannibal and Julius Caesar to Spartacus and Cleopatra and tells the story of how one small city among many conquered the world and then ran it for nearly 1,000 years. Read More »

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Premiere Ratings For Starz’s ‘Power’ Down From ‘Black Sails’, On Par With ‘The White Queen’

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 2:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

powerkeyart__140408203607Starz‘s latest original drama series, Power, premiered on Saturday with 462,000 Live+same day at 9 PM, 1.27 million for the three Saturday night airings and 2.022 million for the nine weekend runs on Saturday and Sunday. That was down from Starz’s most recent debut, pirate drama Black Sails, which launched in January with 846,000; 1.7 million and 2.6 million, respectively; and roughly on par with last August’s opening of limited series The White Queen (416,000 for the premiere airing; 2.1 million for premiere weekend). Before The White Queen, Starz’s original series launched on Friday, not Saturday, making direct comparisons trickier. Like The White Queen, the debut weekend of Power, exec produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, included an airing on sister channel Encore, which drew 150,000 extra viewers vs. 500,000 for The White Queen. With that and Power’s multiplatform sampling from the week-long on-demand and online sampling campaign, which yielded an additional 480,000 viewers,  the total viewership for the first episode has climbed up to 2.6 million to date. Additionally, the premiere has logged Starz’s youngest demos since Spartacus: War Of The Damned and an evenly balanced gender split (45% Women 18+, 48% Men 18+), which is rare for the male skewing pay cable network.

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Starz Previews ‘Power’ With Multiplatform Campaign, Starting With Twitter

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 11:25am PDT

Starz is rollingpowerkeyart__140408203607 out a nationwide multiplatform campaign to preview its new drama Power, starting today on Twitter, ahead of its June 7 premiere. The 5-minute opening scene of Power‘s first episode can be viewed on Twitter, using the service’s new in-line video feature. Beginning tomorrow, Power iPadSelect multichannel video distributors will offer linear, on-demand and online sampling opportunities of Episode 1. It will also be available tomorrow on Starz’s website, as well as Starz’s Power Twitter page, MySpace, Facebook, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Sony Entertainment Network and CinemaNow. Power tells the story of James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who wants to build an empire, but there’s just one problem: Ghost is living a double life as the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York. The series is produced in association with CBS Television Studios.

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Starz Sets Premiere Date For Drama ‘Power’, Releases Key Art, Theme Song By 50 Cent

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 1:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

powerkeyartStarz‘s new original series Power will debut at 9 PM Saturday, June 7. The pay cable network made the announcement in conjunction with the release of “Big Rich Town”, a new music video by Power executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The single was created specifically for the show and will serve as the main title theme. It features never-before-seen footage from the New York-based crime drama from writer Courtney Kemp Agboh, which is set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade. “For me, the musical component of Power is so important,” Jackson said. “I wanted to let the music speak to the viewers as they are watching the show and being able to create the theme song, ‘Big Rich Town’, was crucial as it sets the tone of the show.” Power centers on James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), the owner of an up-and-coming new nightclub in New York with plans to build an empire who also is a drug kingpin. Watch the video here.

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Desmond Harrington Joins ABC Series ‘Astronaut Wives Club’; Victor Garber & Sonya Walger In Starz’s ‘Power’

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT

Dexter alum Desmond Harringtondesmond1 has signed on to ABC’s 10-episode summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Harrington, repped by UTA and Untitled, will play Alan Shepherd, one of the Mercury 7 astronauts and the first American in space. Despite a playboy reputation, he and his wife Louise were married for 53 years.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Ellen’ Is First U.S. Daytime Talk Show In China; Starz’s ‘Power’ To Premiere At MIP-TV; More

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:42pm PST

China’s First Daily U.S. Talker? ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has become the first U.S. daily talk show to be carried in China with the current 11th season now available on-demand via online video service provider Sohu Video. Episodes of the Warner Bros International Television Distribution property will be subtitled in Chinese and delivered within 48 hours of the original U.S. broadcast. Ellen is the top-rated daytime talk show in the U.S. with women 25-54. The talker seems well-suited to the Chinese audience with its brand of family-friendly humor and big stars. Here’s a clip of DeGeneres welcoming her new audience:

Starz’s ‘Power’ To Premiere At MIP-TV
Power, the Starz original series exec produced by Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) will have its world premiere at this April’s Starz_logoMIP-TV market in Cannes. MIP-TV and sister market Mipcom have been increasingly drawing big-ticket premieres and talent to the Riviera in recent editions. In October, Mipcom hosted the world premiere of The Tunnel, the Franco-British adaptation of The Bridge. The eight-episode first season of Power was created by showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh. Jackson also stars in the story of a wealthy New York City nightclub owner (Omari Hardwick) who caters to the city’s elite. He’s also living a double life as the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York. 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 has always dreamed. Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and David Knoller also serve as executive producers. The screening will be held April 7. Read More »

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Annie Mumolo Joins NBC’s ‘About A Boy’; Diane Neal Boards Starz’s ‘Power’

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

mumoloActress/writer Annie Mumolo, who co-wrote the 2011 blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, has joined NBC‘s midseason comedy series About A Boy in a major recurring role. The single-camera comedy, written by Jason Katims based on the Nick Hornby book, follows the relationship between Will (David Walton), a bachelor man-child, and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother, Fiona (Minnie Driver). Mumolo will play Laurie, the wife of Will’s best friend Andy (Al Madrigal). The role was played in the pilot by Anjelah Johnson. Mumolo toplined ABC’s comedy pilot Middle Age Rage last season. Read More »

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Elizabeth Rohm & J.R. Ramirez Join Starz’s ‘Power’; Rachel Blanchard In FX’s ‘Fargo’

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Elizabeth Rohm and J.R. Ramirez have joined the cast of Starz’s drama series Power, about wealthy New York City nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), who wants to build an empire and turn the club into a Fortune 500 business. But there’s just one problem: He 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. Read More »

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Starz Series ‘Power’ Adds La La Anthony

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 7:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actress/DJ/TV personality La La Anthony (Think Like A Man) has joined the cast of Starz’s drama series Power, which also has added theater actor Andy Bean and Debbi Morgan. The project tells the story of wealthy New York City nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), who wants to build an empire and turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there’s just one problem: He 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. Anthony, star of VH1′s reality series La La’s Full Court Life, will play LaKeisha Grant – childhood friend to Tasha St. Patrick (Naturi Naughto) and her closest confidant who is kept in the dark on certain aspects of Tasha’s life out of necessity. She is repped by APA, Untitled and Rosenfeld Meyer. Bean, repped by TalentWorks and Magnolia Entertainment, plays Greg, Angela’s (Lela Loren) super-fit and over-protective boyfriend who is not what he seems. Morgan, repped by Hartig Hilepo Agency, Will play Estelle, Tasha’s mom.

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Hiroyuki Sanada To Co-Star In CBS Series ‘Extant’; Starz’s ‘Power’ Casts Trio

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, recently seen in The Wolverine, is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS’ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios. Created by Mickey Fisher, it centers on an astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. Sanada will play a wealthy technological genius who put his wealth to work privatizing the world’s space programs into a single entity. The actor — repped by CAA, Axon Entertainment, Lighthouse Entertainment and Sheppard, Mullin — just finished voicing a character in Universal’s Despicable Me Minions spinoff and will next be seen as the chief Samurai Oishi in Universal Pictures’ 47 Ronin and the Weinstein Co’s The Railway Man.

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Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton & Joseph Sikora To Co-Star In Starz Series ‘Power’

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 11:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lela Loren (Gang Related), Naturi Naughton (Mad Men) and Joseph Sikora (Boardwalk Empire) will co-star opposite Omari Hardwick in the upcoming original drama series Power, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and created/exec produced and ran by Courtney Kemp Agboh. Power tells the story of wealthy New York City nightclub owner, James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Hardwick), 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: he 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. Loren, repped by Inspire Entertainment and SDB Partners, plays Angela Valdes, an old flame of James’ who unexpectedly re-enters his life. Naughton, repped by Innovative Artists and Luber Roklin, will play James’ wife, confidant and willing accomplice Tasha. Sikora, repped by UTA, MJ Management and, Rick Genow, plays Tommy Egan, James’ childhood best friend and business partner. Power will begin production on an eight-episode first season this fall for a 2014 premiere. Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and David Knoller also exec produce for CBS TV Studios.

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Omari Hardwick To Star In Starz Drama ‘Power’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 12:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Omari Hardwick (Dark Blue) has landed the lead in Starz‘s drama series Power, from CBS TV Studios and executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton and Randall Emmett. Created/executive produced by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Power, which has an eight-episode order, tells the story of James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Hardwick), a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who 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 as the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York. 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. “When we met Omari, we knew he had all the tools needed to play such a complicated and complex character,“ said Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik.  Hardwick, repped by Innovative and 3 Arts, has appeared in features The A-Team and Kick-Ass.

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Producer 50 Cent’s Kingpin Drama Gets Series Order At Starz

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Courtney Kemp AgbohCurtis '50 Cent' JacksonStarz has greenlighted its next drama series, Power, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton (300) and Randall Emmett (End Of Watch) and created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife), who will serve as an executive producer and showrunner. The pickup comes on the heels of Starz greenlighting another drama series, fantasy saga Outlander. Power, which has received an eight-episode order, tells the story of James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who 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 as the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York. 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. “Curtis has a unique and specific vision for the series, lending it an authenticity and voice rarely seen,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. “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.” Read More »

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