They say this is a big, rich town and Courtney A. Kemp just made it a little richer. The ‘Power’ creator recently scored a huge overall deal with Netflix to create original content for the popular streaming service.
The multi-year deal, which is valued at eight figures and projected to reach nine figures with the addition of bonuses, is an agreement between Netflix and Kemp’s End of Episode production company to create original series and other projects solely for the platform.
Under her last deal, Kemp was in charge of turning ‘Power’ into a hit and not only did she deliver what was expected—she created a full blown franchise, along with co-creators Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Mark Canton.
The Starz series has birthed a universe of its own with four spinoffs that have already been greenlit for continued production past the first seasons. However, her move to Netflix means she’ll be able to oversee executive production but won’t have any writing credits.
In a recent statement about this major career move, Kemp expressed her gratitude and excitement about working with Netflix:
“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, watercooler, social-media fueled series that pack a serious punch,” Kemp said.
“I am looking forward to working with Bela and her team, who really appreciate the voice and perspective that we bring to the table.”
Kemp’s Role In Inclusion and Diversity Over At Netflix
The details of Kemp’s deal are mighty familiar because it’s similar to the one ‘Scandal’ creator Shonda Rhimes inked for Grey’s Anatomy and virtual reality, gaming content and films earlier this year.
And also like Shonda and other black creators such as Mara Brock Akil, Kemp’s creative genius is behind the production of various popular shows such as Good Wife, Eli Stone, and The Bernie Mac Show.
So as much as she’s excited to get her ideas rolling through Netflix, they are equally excited and grateful to have a creative powerhouse such as herself working behind the scenes of their programs.
“Courtney is the real deal — a creative force and world-builder who makes great shows,” said Bela Bajaria, Netflix head of Global TV. “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.”
Although Kemp’s deal with Lionsgate—the premium network that has full control over Starz, which is the home of the Power universe—has ended, there’s no bad blood there.
In fact, her eight year relationship with Starz is expected to continue in various ways even though she has moved onto a multi-year partnership with Netflix:
“For over eight years, we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Courtney A. Kemp and we look forward to continuing that relationship across our multiple Power universe series,” Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsh said in a statement.
Isn’t a cool to see black creators growing and thriving in spaces where proper representation and control over our own storytelling is key? Whew! We love to see it. Congratulations to Courtney A. Kemp, and be on the lookout for her future works.