STARZ ANNOUNCES OSCAR(R) NOMINEE AND GRAMMY WINNER(R) MARY J. BLIGE TO STAR IN "POWER" SEQUEL SERIES "POWER BOOK II: GHOST"
STARZ ANNOUNCES "POWER" SEASON SIX
TO AIR IN TWO PARTS
STARZ SETS EXCLUSIVE "POWER" AFTER SHOW "POWER CONFIDENTIAL"
Beverly Hills, Calif. - July 26, 2019 - Today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer 2019 Press Tour, Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), along with "Power" executive producers Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, announced Grammy(R) winner and Oscar(R) nominated megastar Mary J. Blige (Mudbound, "The Umbrella Academy") is joining the cast of the first "Power" sequel, "Power Book II: Ghost."
"We have alluded previously to various spin-offs, prequels and other expansions of the 'Power' Universe," Kemp and Jackson said during the network's "Power" panel. "Today we are pleased to announce that we are in pre-production on the first of what we know will be a collection of series inspired by the dynamic world of 'Power.' 'Power Book II: Ghost' will continue the journey of some of 'Power's' most controversial characters. Joining the cast of the new series and the 'Power' family, please welcome world-renowned recording artist and Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige."
Also announced during the TCA session, "Power" season six will be broadcast in two parts. The 10-episode Part I will debut as previously announced on Sunday, August 25th. Part II, which will consist of the final five episodes, will debut in January.
STARZ will also air "Power Confidential," the exclusive companion piece to the ultimate season of STARZ #1 hit series "Power." The after-show will air immediately following the premiere of each new episode of "Power." "Power Confidential" will highlight the most memorable and jaw-dropping moments from that week's episode, provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights and give viewers a taste of what's to come. The cast and creators of "Power" will be joined by celebrity fans and surprise guests.
Blige signed an exclusive first-look television deal with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) in June 2019 to develop and produce television series under her newly-launched Blue Butterfly productions. The multifaceted singer-songwriter-actress will also have the opportunity to create content across Lionsgate's array of business platforms.
Mary J. Blige is represented by APA, The Lede Company and Grubman Shire & Meiselas.
Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ(R) brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly-rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 7,500 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.