‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Picks ‘The Ones We Choose’ DNA Novel For TV Series

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HBO & ‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Developing ‘Dirty Thirty’ Cop Drama With Lionsgate

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Crime Drama ‘Dirty Thirty’ From ‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp in the Works at HBO

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HBO has put into development a new drama series from “Power” creator Courtney A. Kemp about a group of dirty cops in New York City.

Titled “Dirty Thirty,” the present-day series is inspired by the true story of a gang of cops operating out of New York’s 30th Precinct in the 1990s. Per HBO, the series begins as a story of a cop family and ends as the story of a crime wave infecting the highest levels of municipal government, corrupting the justice system and defining a city.

Kemp is set to serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the project.

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Chris Selak and Danielle De Jesus of her End of Episode banner will also executive produce, along with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman of The Intellectual Property Corporation and Jerry Ferrara.

The hour-long drama will be a co-production between HBO and Lionsgate, the studio which produces “Power” and where Kemp is under a multi-year deal.

“Power,” which has been a hit for Starz and Lionsgate since its premiere in 2014, is currently in production on its upcoming sixth season. Kemp serves as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Gary Lennon. Aiming to build on the show’s success, Lionsgate signed Kemp and End of Episode to a long-term development and production deal last October, a deal which includes multiple potential spinoffs of the flagship drama.

Kemp is represented by CAA and Michael Gendler of Gendler & Kelly.

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‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Pays Tribute to ‘Beloved’ Crew Member Killed in On-Set Accident

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“Power” creator Courtney Kemp paid tribute to Pedro Jimenez, the crew member who was killed in an accident on the set of the Starz drama earlier this week.

“I have not known how to write this post; social media is an odd, impersonal place for grief, often an odd place to commemorate a life,” Kemp wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “A few sentences cannot address the love, humor, courage and strength of a man loved by so many. Pedro Jimenez was a beloved member of our crew and here since season one.”

Jimenez, a production assistant on the show, died after being hit by an SUV while setting up parking cones for a shoot in Brooklyn early Monday morning. Production on the show was temporarily suspended following the accident.

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“This is a tragedy for the ‘Power’ family, and even more for Pedro’s family and friends, who must face the holidays and the coming cold months ahead without him,” Kemp’s post continued. “If you are a fan of @power_starz and have enjoyed our show, please know it takes hundreds of people to make the series that you enjoy. Pedro was one of those people. Pray for him and for his family. Tell your loved ones how you feel about them so they know for sure.”

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I have not known how to write this post; social media is an odd, impersonal place for grief, often an odd place to commemorate a life. A few sentences cannot address the love, humor, courage and strength of a man loved by so many. Pedro Jimenez was a beloved member of our crew and here since season one. This is a tragedy for the Power family, and even more for Pedro’s family and friends, who must face the holidays and the coming cold months ahead without him. If you are a fan of @power_starz and have enjoyed our show, please know it takes hundreds of people to make the series that you enjoy. Pedro was one of those people. Pray for him and for his family. Tell your loved ones how you feel about them so they know for sure.

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“Power” was created by Courtney Kemp, who executive produces alongside 50 Cent, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon. The show is also produced by G-Unit Films and Television, the production company launched by 50 Cent, and Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment MM.

The drama follows the Manhattan lifestyles of the rich and the infamous, as well as the world of international drug trade. Omari Hardwick leads the cast, with Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren rounding it out.

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‘Power’ Crew Member Killed in On-Set Accident, Starz Series Shuts Down Production

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Starz has temporarily shut down production on the sixth season of “Power,” after a crew member was killed in an accident on the set of the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson-executive produced drama, early Monday.

Production assistant Pedro Jimenez, 63, was hit by an SUV around 4:20 a.m. Monday morning, while setting up parking cones for a shoot in Brooklyn, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department told TheWrap. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, while Jimenez was transported to Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the incident.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our ‘Power’ family,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”

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Production on “Power” has been shut down temporarily out of respect for the families of those involved and to allow the cast and crew time to process this loss, an individual with knowledge of the decision tells TheWrap. There is currently no word on when the Starz drama will begin shooting again.

“Power” was created by Courtney Kemp, who executive produces alongside 50 Cent, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon. The show is also produced by G-Unit Films and Television, the production company launched by 50 Cent, and Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment MM.

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‘Power’ Crew Member Dead After Accident On Set; Starz Series Shuts Down

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Here’s What Kendrick Lamar Told Courtney Kemp He Wanted to Do on ‘Power’

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Kendrick Lamar is going to appear on “Power” this Sunday, and at the Television Critics Association on Saturday, showrunner Courtney Kemp explained why. And no, it wasn’t because they wanted to a big name to show up on the 50 Cent-executive produced Starz drama.

“Um, no there are no guest stars like that,” Kemp told reporters, when asked if they were planning on bringing on any more well-known actors or performers. “That wasn’t even the plan. The plan was not a guest star.”

“What happened was [50 Cent] was like, ‘Kendrick had mentioned he wanted to be on the show,’” Kemp said, while telling the story of how the Compton rapper got involved with the show. “And then I got on the phone with Kendrick and said, ‘What do you want to play?’ ‘Cause that’s my favorite thing to ask an actor. ‘What do you want to do that you’ve never done before?’ That’s my favorite question. And then he said, ‘You know, I’d like to play’ — well, he didn’t say ‘drug addict, ‘but he used a different word [laughs]. But so then we created the character Laces.”

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“We always wanted — we had already broken part of the season, and we were always going to have 50’s character [Kanan] use someone else to kill a bunch of ‘tinos,” Kemp said. “So those two things came together very naturally. We already had the idea in place. And then Sophia Derry wrote this incredible script and this incredible character in Laces, for Kendrick to play. And he showed up to win, you know?”

“So it’s, no it wasn’t an idea of we need big guest stars or we’re trying to get more eyeballs,” Kemp explained. “It was not that at all. It was much more about, here’s an artist that we respect and he wants to come play in our sandbox, let’s give him the best quality sand, buckets and shovels we can. Let’s all get in there, yeah let’s play. We love to play here, you know?”

So are we going to see more of him on “Power”? “I can’t tell you that before the episode airs!” Kemp told the reporter who dared to ask the question. “Why would I tell you that?”

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Earlier this week, Starz announced Lamar would appear in a guest role opposite 50 Cent in the Starz Original series. The episode will air on July 29 at 8 p.m. and will be available for download and streaming on the Starz app as well as Starz on Demand.

“Kendrick is a once in a generation talent and Courtney, 50 and I felt it would be exciting to create a role for him in ‘Power,’” said executive producer Mark Canton in a statement. “Everyone involved is thrilled to have him join the family.”

“Power” returned with its fifth season on July 1. “Power” was created by Courtney A. Kemp who executive produces alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett, and Gary Lennon. The show is also produced by G-Unit Films and Television, the production company launched by 50 Cent, and Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment MM.

The drama follows the Manhattan lifestyles of the rich and the infamous as well as the world of international drug trade. Omari Hardwick leads the cast, with Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren rounding it out.

“Power” airs Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.

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‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp: ‘There Is a Financial Consequence to Not Opening Doors’

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This story about Courtney Kemp first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Courtney Kemp started Season 4 of her show, “Power,” exactly where she likes to be: without many options. The Starz hit ended its third season with Omari Hardwick’s lead character, the New York club owner and drug dealer James “Ghost” St. Patrick, arrested for murder by his girlfriend, FBI agent Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) — a situation that didn’t offer many escape hatches for an unrepentant gangster.

“We wrote ourselves into a corner at the end of Season 3,” Kemp said. “I always like to write myself into a corner. I think the best stuff comes from only having a few ways out.”

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One key was that Kemp insisted that Ghost had to be arrested for one of the few crimes he didn’t commit. “It was a big debate in the writers room,” she said. “Should he be arrested for something he did do, or something he didn’t do? And I, of course, prevailed. I said the audience would only be invested if he was arrested for something he did not do. He is a real criminal, so if you ask the question, ‘What is he truly innocent of?’ then you’ve got a nice sandwich for the audience.

“And you can zero in on the horror of being arrested by the woman of your dreams, the horror of having to arrest the man of your dreams, and how everyone’s life disintegrates, because Ghost is the tree trunk that holds this whole world together.”

Kemp is a Connecticut native who originally wanted to be a journalist reporting on the entertainment industry or the first African-American editor-in-chief of Vogue. She wound up writing for a variety of TV shows — “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Eli Stone,” “Justice,” “The Good Wife” and others — before selling “Power” to Starz.

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“They’d hire everybody,” she said, “and then they’d go, ‘Oh, we need a woman. And we need a person of color. Great, we’ll hire Courtney!’ That happened to me all the time, that I was a two-fer.”

The experience has left her only partially convinced that the recent strides toward a more inclusive industry will bring real change. “I don’t know if it’s possible for the industry to be fairer and more inclusive going forward,” she said. “Consider me a bit of a skeptic. I think this is a great moment, and I hope we can make real inroads. But prior to now, change has come because of clear financial decisions.

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“‘Power’ would never have gotten on the air if the folks at Starz weren’t saying to themselves, ‘This is an underserved audience.’ It was a financial decision, not a benevolent decision based on a need to change the industry.

“People are realizing that there is a financial consequence to not opening doors. It doesn’t mean that they are any more inclusive in their hearts, it means they’re more inclusive in their wallets.”

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‘Get Christie Love’ Reboot From Vin Diesel, Courtney Kemp Gets Pilot Order at ABC

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ABC has given a pilot order to the “Get Christie Love!” reboot from “Power” creator Courtney Kemp and executive producer Vin Diesel.

Inspired by the short-lived 1970s blaxploitation series, “Get Christie Love” is described as an “action-packed, music-driven drama” centering on the African American female CIA agent in charge of an elite ops unit.

“Pitch” star Kylie Bunbury is attached to star in the pilot as Christie Love, stepping in for Teresa Graves — who became the first black woman to star in a TV drama when the show first premiered on ABC in 1974.

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The reboot will weave together elements of the character’s professional life, where she “transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done, especially when it’s down to the wire and the stakes are life and death” with “an emotional mystery about Christie’s first love.”

A Lionsgate-Universal Television co-production, the pilot will be written and executive produced by Kemp. Diesel and Shana Waterman of his One Race TV banner will also serve as executive producers alongside Debra Martin Chase.

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