Starz has greenlighted a drama series executive produced by a prominent rapper.
“Power,” from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton and Randall Emmett, is created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (“The Good Wife”), who also will serve as an executive producer and showrunner.
The series revolves around James “Ghost” St. Patrick, who owns an NYC nightclub frequented by the city’s elite. He has aspirations for expansion, but he’s also the kingpin of a drug network for a big time client. His family, relationship with his wife and legitimate business are all threatened when he considers leaving his drug dealings in the past to try to turn the club into a Fortune 500 business.
“Power” is a passion project for Jackson that came out of a dinner with Canton and Emmett. Jackson wanted to do a “modern family drama, and a show with music as integral component,” Canton told Deadline. Jackson has reportedly written several songs for the project. When Agboh signed on, CBS TV Studios, the studio behind “The Good Wife,” decided to produce it.
Production begins in late 2013. Starz will retain global distribution and home entertainment rights.
Jackson and Emmett are also executive producing an animated comedy loosely based on “Fiddy’s” childhood. That show is expected to find a home with FOX.
Kemp Agboh is represented by CAA and Felker Toczek. Jackson is repped by CAA and Stone Meyer.