Courtney Kemp, the executive producer and creator of Starz’s Power has inked a new overall deal with Lionsgate and Starz! This major deal comes as the first since Lionsgate’s acquisition of the premier cable network. The new deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by TV Group President Sandra Stern and for Starz by Russell Schwartz, SVP Business & Legal Affairs.

Under this exclusive multi-year agreement, Kemp will develop series for Starz and work on projects for Lionsgate that could be sold to a variety of outlets.

“This new deal presents a wonderful opportunity to extend my creative efforts on ‘Power’ while developing new shows for Lionsgate,” said Kemp. “I am grateful to Jon, Kevin and Chris for this warm welcome to the Lionsgate family, and I’m looking forward to a continued relationship with Chris, Carmi and the entire team at Starz,” the EP added in regards to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate TV Group boss Kevin Beggs and Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht.

“Courtney A. Kemp is the complete showrunner package, and we’re thrilled to continue collaborating with such a creative talent and outstanding producer,” exclaimed Albrecht. “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.”

“We are longtime fans of Courtney’s thanks to her record-breaking series ‘Power’ and delighted to be working with her at the studio going forward,” added Beggs. “Her new deal shows the ability of our combined company to attract and nurture the top talent in the business.”

Power was renewed for a fourth and fifth season in late July last year – the first time Starz had doubled-up on a pick-up such as this. Its next season will be premiering on June 25.

Kemp began her career as a journalist and made her first foray into TV with The Bernie Mac Show and she has come quite a long way! She is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler at Beverly Hills’ Gendler & Kelly.

Congrats to the powerhouse Courtney Kemp! We are sure she will be an integral part of the future ventures from Lionsgate/Starz!

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