‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Leaves Lionsgate For Netflix

It appears that Courtney Kemp is in next in line for a huge power grab.

The creator behind the Power franchise that has kept Starz in competition with other networks has inked a high eight-figure overall deal with Netflix to create new sew series and develop other projects through her End of Episode banner.

Previous, Deadline exclusively reported that Kemp had re-signed a three-year overall deal with Lionsgate in 2018, but this new deal with Netflix has a four-year agreement with the possibility of her compensation rising to nine-figures based on the success of the new projects.

Kemp will retain her executive producer credits with Power, including the three spinoffs—Power Book II: Ghost, which is finishing up on Season 2, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, and Power Book IV: Force. Kemp’s move from Lionsgate opened up quite the bidding war for her services as other studios and outlets tried to scoop up the award-winning producer. Lionsgate tried to keep her under payroll, but Netflix’s global reach and extremely deep pockets were a hard offer not to say yes to.

“I am incredibly excited to join the Netflix family, and to continue to develop the kind of entertainment that End of Episode is known for—diverse, multilingual, watercool, social-media fueled series that pack a serious punch,” Kemp said of her new deal. “I am looking forward to working with Bela and her team, who really appreciate the voice and perspective that we bring to the table.”

Bela, being Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s Head of Global TV, was equally complimentary to the latest multi-hyphenated talent to sign on with the streamer.

“Courtney is the real deal—a creative force and world-builder who makes great shows,” Bajaria said on Wednesday, Aug. 11. “I really admire her clarity of vision and voice, and she has a great sense for what audiences want. Courtney has accomplished something really rare and extraordinary in television and we are thrilled to welcome her to Netflix.”

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Kemp, who transitioned from the journalism world into writing for The Bernie Mac Show and The Good Wife, created Power, which was executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and starred Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton. It quickly became Starz’s biggest show, a distinction it maintained and grew over its six season arc that ended in 2019. 

With Kemp’s new deal, she joins Netflix’s exclusive, top-tier stable of other creatives such as Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground — which is quite a stable of power players unto itself.

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