Lionsgate has signed Power creator and producer Courtney A Kemp to an exclusive development and production deal that could cover spin-offs from the hit premium cable series.
Under the long-term deal, Kemp will develop and produce what Lionsgate described as “new content across multiple platforms” through her production company, End of Episode. The company has commitments from Lionsgate-owned premium cable network Starz, which airs crime drama Power in the US, to develop several series, including potential Power spin-offs.
At the same time as signing the new deal, End of Episode has named former Lionsgate head of worldwide scripted television Chris Selak as its president and promoted development executive Danielle De Jesus to senior vice-president.
Kemp is currently serving as co-showrunner (with Gary Lennon) and executive producer of the sixth season of Power, winner of this year’s Image Award for outstanding drama series. Before creating Power, Kemp served as a writer and supervising producer on The Good Wife and worked on series including Eli Stone and Hawaii Five-O.
Kemp commented: “I’m incredibly proud of the success we’ve had with Power and I’m excited about expanding our banner and diversifying the types of stories we’re telling. Chris brings with her a depth of experience that will elevate End of Episode to a new level and I’m looking forward to exploring new ways of writing about my obsession: the intersections of violence, power, sex and romance.”
Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs added: “Courtney is a one of a kind talent and we couldn’t be more excited about this unique and exclusive deal. She’s an exceptional producer, incredible showrunner and artist, and we’re proud that she chose Lionsgate as her creative incubator. We look forward to the bold, original and provocative content she will offer our programming slates.”