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The End Is About to Begin - Starz Releases "Black Sails" Season Four Premiere Date and Key Art
The 10-episode fourth season of the stand-out high seas drama brings fans to the heroic conclusion of the "Treasure Island" prequel, and finds our pirates at war in the West Indies.

[via press release from Starz]



Beverly Hills, Calif., October 4, 2016 - Starz released today the premiere date and key art for the fourth and final season of the Emmy(R)-winning Original series "Black Sails," returning Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 9 pm ET/PT. The 10-episode fourth season of the stand-out high seas drama brings fans to the heroic conclusion of the Treasure Island prequel, and finds our pirates at war in the West Indies. The shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier, but the closer civilization comes to defeat, the more desperately, and destructively, it will fight back.

The first three seasons of "Black Sails" averaged 3.6 million multi-platform viewers per episode* and the series is distributed in nearly 200 countries and territories worldwide. "Black Sails" has been nominated for multiple Emmy(R) Awards, and won in 2014 and 2016 for Outstanding Sound Editing and in 2014 for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role. The show was also nominated for the 2016 GLAAD Awards for "Outstanding Drama Series."

"Black Sails" takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, and follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). "Black Sails" is created by Jonathan E. Steinberg ("Jericho," "Human Target") and Robert Levine ("Touch") and executive produced by Steinberg, Levine, Michael Bay (the Transformers franchise, 13 Hours, Pearl Harbor), and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Purge, and Ouija franchises), as well as Chris Symes (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Eragon), Brad Caleb Kane ("Fringe," "Crash"), and Dan Shotz ("Jericho," "Harper's Island").

"Black Sails" stars Toby Stephens as the brilliant and unstoppable 'Captain Flint.' Stephens is an accomplished film, television and stage actor, who was recently cast in the new Netflix series "Lost in Space," and opposite Gerard Butler in Hunter Killer for Millenium Films. He recently appeared in the feature film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi directed by Michael Bay and released in January 2016. London-born Hannah New, who portrays 'Eleanor Guthrie,' starred in the miniseries, "El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time Between Seams)" and also in 2014's Maleficent. Luke Arnold, who portrays the classic character 'John Silver' in the years before his well-known feats, has appeared in "McLeod's Daughters," "Rush," and most recently starred in the miniseries "INXS: The Michael Hutchence Story." Jessica Parker Kennedy, who plays 'Max,' a former prostitute with an eye towards advancement, is known for her work in the television series, "The Secret Circle," and has appeared in the films 50/50 and In Time, and was recently cast in USA's "Colony." British actor Tom Hopper , who portrays 'Billy Bones' of "Treasure Island" fame, is most well-known for his role as 'Sir Percival' in "Merlin" and also appeared in Northmen - A Viking Saga and the 2016 documentary drama "Barbarians Rising." Ray Stevenson, known for his roles in "Rome," Insurgent, and Divergent, joined the cast in season three as the iconic pirate 'Blackbeard.' Luke Roberts, who has appeared in "Wolf Hall," "Game of Thrones," and will appear in "Ransom," also joined in season three as the governor 'Woodes Rogers.'

"Black Sails: The Complete Third Season" will available on Blu-ray(TM) + Digital HD with Ultraviolet(TM) and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on November 8, 2016. The DVD and Blu-ray has over 40 minutes of special features including 10 minutes of new exclusive content.

For $8.99 per month with a 7-day free trial for new subscribers, STARZ subscribers can receive instant access to more than 3,200 selections available via the STARZ app each month, including STARZ hit series "Black Sails," "Power," "Outlander," and the upcoming "American Gods," premiering in 2017; to Hollywood hits and popular movies. STARZ subscribers from participating cable, satellite and telco partners can also authenticate and view STARZ content in the app including every episode of every season of the best of STARZ's original programming, as well as the biggest, most extensive movie library of all the premium subscription networks in the U.S.**

* Highlights based on Nielsen for linear estimates, Rentrak for On Demand transactions and STARZ internal estimates for multiplatform figures

**Source: Starz internal analysis of distinct movie title data for the period 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016.

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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 networks (Starz Networks) and global content distribution (Starz Distribution), www.starz.com. The Starz Networks operating unit is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand with 24.2 million subscribers in the United States as of June 30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.8 million subscribers. Through STARZ, the company provides high quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services. STARZ is sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms. Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming. The Starz Distribution operating unit is home to the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Digital, and Starz Worldwide Distribution divisions. In addition to STARZ Original series, Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires movies, television and other entertainment content for worldwide home video, digital, and television licensing and sales. # # #

  [october 2016]  


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