Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Starz and Rapper "50 Cent" Grow Their Collabo

Starz Extends Overall Deal with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

Starz and Jackson Developing Super Hero Vigilante Series “Tomorrow, Today”

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starz today announced it has extended Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s exclusive premium overall deal. Starz and Jackson, an Executive Producer for the hit series “Power,” are also developing “Tomorrow, Today,” based on a screenplay penned by Jackson, on which he will serve as Executive Producer.

    “We’re excited to develop this series with Curtis to showcase his producing skills with this unique storyline”

This premium overall deal extends Jackson’s existing overall deal another year into September 2018 to develop new projects for the network with G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. “Tomorrow, Today” is the first project in development from Jackson and G-Unit Film & Television, Inc., the production company launched by Jackson.

“I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with my Starz family; we have had great success together on ‘Power’ and I am excited to get going on all of our upcoming projects together. I knew Starz would be the perfect home for ‘Tomorrow, Today.’ This project is very personal to me…creating it, writing it, finding the best team for it and I will continue to be involved every step of the way," said Jackson.

“We’re excited to develop this series with Curtis to showcase his producing skills with this unique storyline,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz.

“Tomorrow, Today” is a superhero-themed series about a veteran from the south side of Chicago who, after being falsely imprisoned, becomes the personal experiment of a mad prison doctor trying to create the perfect man – and an unstoppable killing machine. Set free, but on the run, the veteran must reconcile with the world that has turned against him, and use his newfound abilities for good.

“Anthony Cipriano (“Bates Motel,” “12 and Holding”) and Dan Kay (“I.T.”) will executive produce “Tomorrow, Today” with Kirkland Morris serving as producer. Cipriano, Kay and Morris will also write for the series. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Ken Segna and Director of Original Programing Patrick McDonald will be the Starz executives in charge of “Tomorrow, Today.”

The highly anticipated third season of “Power” premiered on July 17, setting several STARZ viewership records including the Season Three premiere growing more than 58% from the Season Two and 389% from Season One premieres respectively1. Courtney A. Kemp serves as the Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer of the New York-based drama “Power,” which was recently greenlit for a fourth and fifth season. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon serve as Executive Producers.

Jackson is represented by APA and attorneys Stephen Savva and Eric Feig. APA also represents: Cipriano, Kay and Morris.

About Curtis Jackson
50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, is an award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor and producer from Queens, New York. He rose to fame with the release of his 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin', which has sold more than 13 million copies. The Grammy Award winner has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has been awarded numerous accolades including: 13 Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards and many more. He was ranked as the #1 rap artist and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s by Billboard Magazine, as well as that decade's sixth-best artist and fourth top male artist. Jackson serves as CEO of G-Unit Records, which he founded in 2003 and since its inception has signed a myriad of multi-platinum artists. In June 2014, Jackson debuted his fifth studio album, Animal Ambition and currently, is gearing up for his next studio album Street King Immortal. On December 9, 2015 he released The Kanan Tape mixtape, titled after his character on his hit show “Power,” which will be followed by the Kanan Reloaded mixtape in 2016.

What began as music chart dominance for the rap phenomenon quickly transformed to success in corporate America as a multi-tiered business mogul. Jackson has also carved out a successful and acclaimed career as an actor and producer, founding G-Unit Film & Television, Inc in 2005. Jackson serves as Executive Producer and stars in his record-breaking series "Power" on STARZ. The third season premiere of “Power” on July 17, 2016 garnered 2.26 million viewers, the highest rating ever for a STARZ Original series – after which the show received an immediate 4th and 5th season renewal. In August 2016 it was announced that STARZ extended Jackson & G-Unit Film & Television, Inc’s exclusive overall deal into 2018 to develop new projects for the network and continue as executive producer on “Power” along with the development announcement of his series “Tomorrow, Today,” based on a screenplay penned by Jackson. In March 2016 Jackson’s A&E Variety Show ’50 Cent Presents,’ in which he will co-host and Executive Produce, was announced.

Jackson has had roles in several films most recently “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy and the Antoine Fuqua directed boxing drama, “Southpaw,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, Jackson has managed to leverage his star power into record-breaking brand extensions encompassing a broad spectrum of businesses.

About G-Unit Film & Television, Inc
In 2005, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson founded the production company, G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. producing a wide variety of content across various platforms. Jackson has quickly sold a myriad of projects to various networks. Among these is the record shattering “Power,” STARZ’s number-one series that premiered in June 2014, in which Jackson not only stars in but also serves as executive producer. In July 2016 it was announced that STARZ extended Jackson & G-Unit Film & Television, Inc’s exclusive overall deal another year into September 2018 to develop new projects for the network and continue as executive producer on “Power.” Additional announced G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. credits include: “50 Cent Presents” on A&E, SundanceTV’s critically acclaimed series “Dream School” and the development of “Tomorrow, Today” on STARZ.

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), The Starz Networks operating unit is home to the flagship STARZ® brand with 24.2 million subscribers in the United States as of June 30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.8 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)


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