Starz Lights Up Two-Season Renewal For Original Series

Following the record-shattering Season Three premiere on July 17, Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced today that the network has greenlit the hit series "Power" for fourth and fifth seasons. Each season the series has continued to establish several all-time high performances for STARZ viewership, with the Season Three premiere growing more than 58% from the Season Two and 389% from Season One premieres respectively. 1

This is the first multi-season pickup for the New York-based drama starring Omari Hardwick. Creator, executive producer and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp will return alongside executive producers Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon.

Chris Albrecht said, "In today's content landscape, it is challenging for a series to stand out, but Courtney is a singular voice working in television today. In Curtis, we not only have an immense talent, but an executive producer who brings a unique perspective, an authentic voice and passionate fan base that has helped in a large part propel the success of the series. Along with our executive producers and the talented 'Power' cast and crew, they have created one of the most distinct dramas I've ever had the good fortune of putting on the air. The fans have let it be known loud and clear that they cannot get enough of Ghost, Tommy, Tasha, Angela and Kanan."

Creator Courtney A. Kemp said, "Chris Albrecht and the Starz team have believed in this show from the very beginning. Everyone here at 'Power' is deeply grateful for the tremendous support we have received from the fans of the show, which made today's announcement possible. I am humbled by this vote of confidence from the network and the opportunity to continue to employ our excellent cast and crew, who work tirelessly to bring this show to life."

Executive Producer and cast member Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson said, "I knew 'Power' was going to be something special from the first concept meeting I had with Mark Canton. The fans support for the show has been the driving force of its success and I can't wait to bring them two more seasons full of action and suspense."

The Season Three premiere of "Power" set the following STARZ viewership records:
  • 2.26 Million Live+SD viewers gave the third season premiere episode of "Power" a new STARZ viewership record, with the July 17 9PM ET/PT airing, the most ever for a STARZ Original series. 2
  • 3.37 Million Live+SD premiere night viewers in total over the three Sunday night airings, the most ever for an originals series season premiere ("Power" Season Two premiere night Live+SD viewership 2.72 million; +650,000 or +24% increase in viewers). 3

STARZ made the decision to shift all its original programing to Sunday nights, which has long been established as the home of premium television, and began with the third season premiere of "Power."

"Power" airs in more than 175 territories worldwide. Starz retains all global distribution and home entertainment rights to the series. "Power" season three is ten episodes long and airs exclusively on STARZ on Sundays at 9PM ET/PT.

About "Power"

From Executive Producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and show creator Courtney A. Kemp ("The Good Wife") comes season three of the hit drama "Power," steeped in the seductive nightlife of New York's elite and the violent underworld of international drug cartels.

Season Three finds James St. Patrick as the owner of new nightclubs, out of the drug game and in a rekindled relationship with his first love, Angela — the Assistant United States Attorney sworn to bring him to justice. But just as they begin to believe James' past criminal persona of 'Ghost' may finally be behind them, both are forced to face the consequences of running from a life from which no one gets away clean.

James' estranged best friend Tommy has just reunited with his newly returned love, Holly, but must attempt to not only rebuild Lobos' devastated drug organization, but to kill 'Ghost' — turning brother against brother.

James St. Patrick is on the verge of having everything he's ever wanted, but will this new phase of his life end before it begins with old sins and the specter of 'Ghost' coming back to haunt him? Be careful what you wish for.

Courtney A. Kemp serves as the Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer of "Power." Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Mark Canton, Randell Emmett and Gary Lennon serve as Executive Producers on "Power."

The show is also produced by G-Unit Films and Television, the production company launched by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

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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® brand with 24.0 million subscribers in the United States as of March 31, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORE SM network at 32.4 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.

Note: all data is Live+SD (same-day) DVR viewing only. Does not include viewership for any on-demand or online platforms including the STARZ app, STARZ on Amazon, etc. All sources subject to further qualifications available upon request.

(1) Source: Nielsen NPower Live +SD P2+ projections for Power season premieres (7/17/16, 6/6/15, 6/7/14) (2) Source: Nielsen NPower Live+SD P2+ Projections (3) Source: Nielsen NPower Live+SD P2+ GAA Projections By Premiere Night

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