[04/08/14 - 01:17 PM]
Starz to Premiere New Original Series "Power" on Saturday, June 7
Plus: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's new single "Big Rich Town" will serve as the main title theme.

[via press release from Starz]



Beverly Hills, Calif., April 8, 2014 - Starz announced today that its highly anticipated new original series "Power" will debut on Saturday, June 7th at 9pm ET/PT with the release of Executive Producer Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson's new music video for "Big Rich Town." The single, which was created specifically for the show and will serve as the main title theme, is performed by 50 Cent and features never before seen footage from the New York based crime drama from Emmy(R) nominated writer Courtney Kemp Agboh. Starz also released the official key art for the series.

From acclaimed director Eif Rivera, known for his work with 50 Cent and G-Unit, Lil Wayne, Nikki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Fat Joe, the song the vocals of multi-Grammy (R) nominee R&B singer Joe. The video was shot at various locations in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, NY.

"For me the musical component of 'Power' is so important; I wanted to let the music speak to the viewers as they are watching the show and being able to create the theme song, 'Big Rich Town,' was crucial as it sets the tone of the show. The audience will also get the chance to hear additional music off my latest album, Animal Ambition, as the theme of the album translates into events portrayed in the show," shares Executive Producer Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson.

"Power" tells the story of a visionary crime drama set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade.

James "Ghost" St. Patrick has it all: a beautiful wife, a gorgeous Manhattan penthouse, and the hottest, up-and-coming new nightclub in New York. His club, Truth, caters to the elite: the famous and infamous boldface names that run the city that never sleeps. As its success grows, so do Ghost's plans to build an empire. However, Truth hides an ugly reality. It's a front for Ghost's criminal underworld; a lucrative drug network, serving only the wealthy and powerful.

As Ghost is seduced by the prospect of a legitimate life, everything precious to him becomes unknowingly threatened. Once you're in, can you ever get out?

The cast is led by Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, For Colored Girls, Kick Ass, "Being Mary Jane") who is joined by Lela Loren (Snitch, "Gang Related"), Naturi Naughton (Fame, "The Client List," "Mad Men") and Joseph Sikora (Jack Reacher, Safe, "Boardwalk Empire"). Hardwick stars as main character 'James "Ghost" St. Patrick'; Loren plays 'Angela Valdes', an old flame of James's who unexpectedly reenters his life; Naughton will play 'Tasha St. Patrick', wife, confidant and willing accomplice to James and Sikora plays 'Tommy Egan', childhood best friend and business partner to "Ghost."

"Power" will also feature Andy Bean as 'Greg', Sinqua Walls as 'Shawn', Adam Huss as 'Kantos', Greg Serano as 'Medina', Lucy Walters as 'Holly', acclaimed actor Victor Garber as 'Simon Stern,' Sonya Walger as 'Madeline Stern,' Kathrine Narducci as 'Lavaro', Luis Antonio Ramos as 'Ruiz', La La Anthony as 'LaKeisha', Diane Neal as 'Cynthia', J.R. Ramirez as 'Julio', Debbi Morgan as 'Estelle', Shane Johnson as 'Saxe', Enrique Murciano as 'Lobos', Vinicius Machado as 'Nomar', Dominic Colon as 'Anibal', J.P. Serret as 'Sabueso' and Audrey Esparza as 'Liliana'.

The series is created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (Emmy nominated for "The Good Wife"), who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Mark Canton (300, Immortals, 300: Rise of an Empire), Randall Emmett (End of Watch, 2 Guns, Lone Survivor) and David Knoller ("Big Love," "Carnivàle") also serve as executive producers. The series is being produced in association with CBS Television Studios.

"Power" premieres on Saturday, June 7th at 9pmET/PT on Starz with an eight hour-long episode first season.

For more information visit the "Power" Facebook Page and follow @Power_ Starz on Twitter. Join the conversation with #PowerTV and #STARZ.

To purchase "Big Rich Town," please visit iTunes.

About Starz

Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ(R) and ENCORE(R) pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of December 31, 2013, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 57.1 million subscribers, including 22.2 million at STARZ, and 34.9 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ(R) and ENCORE(R), along with Starz Networks' third network MOVIEPLEX(R), air over 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution's home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

About CBS Television Studios

CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS is one of the industry's leading suppliers of primetime network programming, including the #1 show on television, "NCIS"; the #2 most-watched drama, "NCIS: Los Angeles"; and the #1 most-watched new series, "Elementary." The studio's roster of popular and critically-acclaimed programs includes the globally successful "CSI" franchise; the Peabody Award-winning series "The Good Wife," starring multiple award winner Julianna Margulies; the Emmy Award nominated daytime talk show "The Talk"; People's Choice Award winner "Beauty and the Beast" for The CW; the cable series "King & Maxwell" for TNT and BET's #1 scripted series, "The Game."

About Animal Ambition

Animal Ambition is 50 Cent's fifth studio album set for release on June 3, 2014. On March 18th the songs "Don't Worry 'Bout It" and "Hold On" were released and each week following an additional song and video from Animal Ambition have become available continuing through the album's release date. "Smoke" feat. Trey Songz and "Pilot" are both available for purchase as well.

Curtis "50 Cent" Boiler

50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor and actor from Queens, New York. He rose to fame with the release of his 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin', which has sold more than 8 million copies. The Grammy Award winner has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has been awarded numerous accolades including 13 Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards, to name a few. He was ranked as the #1 rap artist and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s by Billboard Magazine, as well as that decade's sixth-best artist and fourth top male artists of that decade. 50 Cent's fifth studio album, Animal Ambition features collaborations with Trey Songz, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss, Styles P and more. Leading up to the album's release on June 3, 2014, each week a new song has launched exclusively on iTunes with its video premiering simultaneously online, which started March 18th with the release of "Hold On" and "Don't Worry 'Bout It." The highly anticipated Street King Immortal album will follow in fall 2014.

What began as music chart dominance for the rap music phenomenon quickly transformed to success in corporate America as a multi-tiered business mogul to be reckoned with. 50 Cent has also carved out a successful and acclaimed career as an actor, appearing in more than 21 films including "Frozen Ground" with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, "The Tomb" starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he recently wrapped filming on The Prince with Bruce Willis and John Cusack. He is currently serving as executive producer and has a reoccurring role on the highly anticipated series "Power" set to air on Starz in summer 2014. Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, 50 Cent has managed to leverage his star power into record breaking brand extensions encompassing a broad spectrum of businesses including artist management, film production, footwear and apparel, fragrance, video games, publishing, headphones and health drinks and supplements.

  [april 2014]  


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