STARZ GREENLIGHTS "POWER BOOK IV: FORCE" STARRING JOSEPH SIKORA AS THE THIRD NEW SERIES WITHIN THE "POWER" UNIVERSE
Santa Monica, Calif. - August 31, 2020 - Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), announced today the series order for "POWER BOOK IV: FORCE," which will be the third new series in the expanded "Power" Universe from creator, writer and executive producer Courtney A. Kemp and executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. "POWER BOOK IV: FORCE" centers on fan-favorite character Tommy Egan, played by Joseph Sikora, after he cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good. Robert Munic ("Vital Signs," "Ice") will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series.
"'Power' has been one of the most successful series in premium pay television during its six-year run, garnering more than 10 million multiplatform views in its last two seasons and we can't wait to take fans in a whole new direction as we pick-up Tommy's story with 'Power Book IV: Force,'" said Starz President of Programming Christina Davis.
As the "Power" franchise continues to expand, the STARZ Original series "POWER BOOK II: GHOST," starring Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige and Cliff "Method Man" Smith, is set to premiere on Sunday, September 6 at 9 PM ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot at 8 PM on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada, and day and date on the Starzplay international streaming service around the world. The premiere season for "Ghost" will be split into two parts of five episodes each, with the second half scheduled to air later this year.
"POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN," the prequel story that takes viewers back to the '90s and the early years of iconic "Power" character Kanan Stark, is set to resume production this fall for its STARZ debut in 2021. Mekai Curtis stars as young Kanan Stark, alongside an amazing cast including Tony-award winner Patina Miller who will play his mom, Raquel Thomas, Omar Epps, Hailey Kilgore and Lovie Simone. "Power Book III: Raising Kanan" is created by Sascha Penn who serves as showrunner and executive producer.
The "Power" Universe series are executive produced by "Power" creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and through her overall deal with Lionsgate Television, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television. Also serving as executive producers on the "Power" Universe series are Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode's Danielle DeJesus and Chris Selak, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich. The "Power" Universe series are a production of Lionsgate Television.
Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is the global media company taking the lead in streaming premium content that spotlights a spectrum of women both in front and behind the camera for audiences worldwide. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, as well as the proprietary and highly-rated STARZ app. In 2018 Starz launched its Starzplay international premium streaming platform and, coupled with its Starz Play Arabia venture, has since expanded its global footprint into fifty countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Canada, Japan and India. The essential complement to any subscription platform, STARZ and Starzplay are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. 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.