Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced today that the network will go into production on the crime drama Power, an hour-long original drama series executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife).
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.
Albrecht said, “We are thrilled to add Power to our growing original programming lineup for 2014. 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.”
“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,” says Courtney Kemp Agboh. “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?”
Executive Producer Randall Emmett says, “We are excited to make this series happen. The creativity of this team is unparalleled.”
The series was created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, who is also the executive producer and showrunner on the series. Power represents another collaboration between executive producers Mark Canton (300, Immortals) and Randall Emmett (End Of Watch, 2 Guns, Lone Survivor), who are producing in association with CBS Television Studios. Canton and Emmett most recently were producers on Escape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, which will be released in theaters in October.
“This is a passion project for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have found a home with STARZ. I look forward to working with this incredibly talented team on making ‘Power’ a hit show,” says Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
The first season will be eight, hour-long episodes and will begin filming in late 2013.