Starz is adding another scripted series to its line up. The premium cable network has given the green-light to Power, a new nightclub drama which hails from Courtney Kemp Agboh and 50 Cent. The pick up also comes as the network is finalising a 16 episode pick up for Ron Moore’s Outlander, which will be produced by the Sony owned production company Left Bank Pictures.
Created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, 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. The drama series, which was received an order for 8 episodes, is being produced by CBS Television Studios with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton and Randall Emmett serving as executive producers under showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh. Production on Power is slated to commence later this year. Starz Worldwide Distribution retains international distribution rights.
“We are thrilled to add ‘Power’ to our growing original programming lineup for 2014”, said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. “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.”
While Courtney Kemp Agboh added: “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. 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 become?”