Starz greenlights 'Power' from executive producer 50 Cent

50-cent-curtis-jackson-320.jpg Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is making some major headway into the world of television. Not only was his docu-series "Dream School" given the green light at Sundance Channel, but now "Power," a drama that he executive produces, is a go at Starz.

"Power," created by Courtney Kemp Agboh ("The Good Wife"), tells the story of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite, looking to build an empire. The problem? His double life as the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he's tempted to leave the criminal life behind and become the legit rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.

Starz Chief Executive Office Chris Albrecht announced the pickup on Friday (June 14), saying in a statement, "We are thrilled to add 'Power' to our growing original programming lineup for 2014.  Curtis has a unique and specific vision for the series, lending it an authenticity and voice rarely seen.  Courtney has created a rich world and characters not often explored in contemporary drama.  There is a rawness and soul to the character of Ghost as he struggles to live between these two worlds that we believe will leave an indelible mark on the audience and stay with them after the credits roll."

In a prepared statement, Jackson says, "This is a passion project for me and I couldn't be more thrilled to have found a home with STARZ.  I look forward to working with this incredibly talented team on making 'Power' a hit show."

The first season of "Power" will be eight episodes long, beginning filming in late 2013. No cast details or planned air date have been released as of press time.
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