11:26am PT by Rick Porter
Courtney Kemp Prepping 'Power' Spinoffs as Part of New Lionsgate Deal
Courtney A. Kemp, creator and showrunner of the Starz drama Power, has signed a multiyear overall deal with the premium channel's parent company, Lionsgate.
The deal includes "several" commitments from Starz to develop series through her End of Episode company, including potential spinoffs of Power — or as Lionsgate puts it, "projects inspired by the world of" the show. Kemp has brought on former Lionsgate executive Chris Selak as president of End of Episode and promoted development executive Danielle De Jesus to senior vp.
"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 Thursday in a statement. "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."
The deal with Kemp — one of The Hollywood Reporter's 50 Most Powerful Showrunners — is the second major one for a Power executive producer in recent weeks. Starz and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson agreed to a new overall deal earlier this month.
"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."
Now in its sixth season, Power is the top-rated original series on Starz by a healthy margin and, according to Lionsgate, the second-most-watched drama on premium cable (behind HBO's Game of Thrones).