‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Leaves Lionsgate For Overall Netflix Deal

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Power boss Courtney A. Kemp is teaming up with Netflix.

The creator of the hit Starz franchise has signed a four-year overall deal with the streaming giant to develop new original series through her production banner End of Episode, marking a move away from Lionsgate. The news was first reported by Deadline.

“I am incredibly excited to join the Netflix family, and to continue to develop the kind of entertainment that End of Episode is known for — diverse, multilingual, watercooler, social-media fueled series that pack a serious punch,” Kemp said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with [Netflix head of global TV] Bela [Bajaria] and her team, who really appreciate the voice and perspective that we bring to the table.”

Bajaria echoed Kemp’s words in her own statement, saying, “Courtney is the real deal — a creative force and world-builder who makes great shows. I really admire her clarity of vision and voice, and she has a great sense for what audiences want. Courtney has accomplished something really rare and extraordinary in television, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Netflix.”

After writing and producing for shows like The Good Wife and The Bernie Mac Show, Kemp gained widespread attention for creating Power in 2014. The Starz drama centers on James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a New York City night club owner who’s torn between his successful nightclub, his family, and his precarious drug empire. Kemp will reportedly remain onboard as executive producer of Power’s numerous spinoffs, including Book II: Ghost, Book III: Raising Kanan, and the upcoming series Book IV: Force.

“For over eight years, we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Courtney A. Kemp, and we look forward to continuing that relationship across our multiple Power universe series,” Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said in a statement.

Kemp’s End of Episode is dedicated to creating and amplifying stories about and from women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ voices. With a newfound global reach, her Netflix deal marks a major step in the Power alum’s Hollywood rise.

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