Megan Thee Stallion to guest star on Season Two of STARZ’s Hit Drama Series “P-Valley”





Megan Thee Stallion to guest star on Season Two of STARZ’s Hit Drama Series “P-Valley” as Tina Snow — see her diamonds-and-fur first look.

Megan Thee Stallion is coming to STARZ’s “P-Valley” season 2! The Grammy winner will play the role of Tina Snow, who will appear later this season. Stallion’s character name pays homage to her alter ego, and is also the title of her second EP.

And yes, that is Megan’s voice you heard in Sunday’s episode. In the second episode, DJ Neva Scared (Brandon Gilpin) turns down Lil’ Murda’s (J. Alphonse Nicholson) offer to join the Dirty Dozen tour because he’s working with an artist in Atlanta who we hear say “run that beat back for a real b—-.” The “real b—-” was, indeed, the voice of Megan Thee Stallion. In addition to making an appearance, Megan also wrote and recorded an original song for the new season to be featured in a later episode.

The acclaimed STARZ drama, based on the play by Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall, has drawn praise from collaborators from across the music industry for its authentic trap music and for being a platform to spotlight southern female rappers. Following the season two premiere of STARZ’s hit drama, the critically acclaimed series set a new record at the network for having the largest season over season growth in STARZ history.

“P-Valley” is available at midnight Sundays on the STARZ app, STARZ streaming and on-demand platforms, and internationally on the STARZPLAY premium streaming platform in the UK and key territories across Latin America. It will also premiere across Europe later this summer. On linear, new episodes will premiere Sundays on STARZ at 10pm ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada.

About “P-Valley” – Season Two

When darkness descends upon Chucalissa, errybody and they mama must fight tooth and talon to survive. While some take flight to perilous new heights, others dig in their stilettos and stand their ground no matter the cost. Back at The Pynk, Autumn and Uncle Clifford grapple for the throne as new blood shakes up the locker room. Meanwhile, with the casino’s fate hanging in the balance, the local political machine kicks into overdrive. In these unprecedented times, death and danger lurk around every corner.

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ® service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.



Starz’s Critically-Acclaimed “P-Valley” Sets Record





Starz’s Critically-Acclaimed “P-Valley” Sets Record as Largest Season Over Season Growth in Starz History Up 1,018% Over Series Debut on Tte Starz App
With several platforms yet to report and additional territories globally to debut the series, it drew 4.5 million multiplatform viewers for its season two premiere weekend in the U.S. alone.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZ’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED “P-VALLEY” SETS RECORD AS LARGEST SEASON OVER SEASON GROWTH IN STARZ HISTORY UP 1,018% OVER SERIES DEBUT ON THE STARZ APP

SOPHOMORE SEASON DRAWS 4.5 MILLION MULTIPLATFORM VIEWERS FOR SEASON TWO PREMIERE WEEKEND AND DRIVES RECORD SUBSCRIPTION GROWTH

HIT SERIES RANKS AS MOST SOCIALLY-ENGAGED PRIMETIME DRAMA ACROSS ALL NETWORKS OVER PREMIERE WEEKEND

Santa Monica, Calif. – June 9, 2022 – Based on early reporting, STARZ’s critically-acclaimed drama “P-Valley” was up 1,018% from its series debut on the STARZ app, setting a record as the largest season over season growth in the streamer’s history.

With several platforms yet to report and additional territories globally to debut the series, it drew 4.5 million multiplatform viewers for its season two premiere weekend in the U.S. alone. The hit series, which premiered its second season on June 3, drove record subscription growth with the highest number of acquisitions in three years making it one of the best-performing series of all time.

The sophomore season, which fans have been clamoring for since its season one debut in 2020, from creator, executive producer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Katori Hall, also ranks as the most socially-engaged primetime drama over the premiere weekend across all networks.

“Katori and the entire ‘P-Valley’ team have done an amazing job bringing audiences a second season that has delivered record-setting viewer performance and subscription growth, and through its incredible storytelling has continued driving cultural conversation and critical acclaim,” said Alison Hoffman, President, Domestic Networks at STARZ. “The series exemplifies our commitment to amplifying narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences, and we are so proud of its continued success.”

Hall said of her show’s success, “Our Pynk Posse showed up and showed out! The incredible response to season two feels like such a gift after the challenging pause of these past few years, but we’re back and we’re just getting started y’all. I am bursting with pride seeing the Pynk Posse grow and watching the sense of community and family that forms as we bring this new season to the world. Hearing from viewers that they have felt seen, heard and celebrated is exactly what everyone working on the show hoped for. Being able to showcase our community’s resilience has been so meaningful and rewarding, and I can’t wait for y’all to come on down to the valley to see the rest of what we have in store.”

Season two reveals a whole new Pynk as it struggles to remain open during a pandemic, a battle for the throne, and the possibility of some new blood shaking up the locker room. This season takes audiences deeper into the lives of the Pynk’s beloved characters as darkness descends upon Chucalissa. Returning cast includes Nicco Annan (“This is Us”) as Uncle Clifford, Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Autumn Night, Brandee Evans (“The Bobby Brown Story”) as Mercedes, Shannon Thornton (“Power”) as Miss Mississippi, J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Chicago P.D.”) as Lil’ Murda, Parker Sawyers (Southside With You) as Andre, Harriett D. Foy (“Elementary”) as Pastor Woodbine, Dan J. Johnson (“Underemployed”) as Corbin, Morocco Omari (“Empire”) as Big L, Dominic DeVore (The Ride) as Duffy, Tyler Lepley (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) as Diamond, Jordan M. Cox (“The Outsider”) as Derrick and Skyler Joy (Ma) as Gidget. Recently announced John Clarence Stewart (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” “What If”) as Big Teak, newcomer Miracle Watts as Big Bone, Shamika Cotton (“The Wire”) as Farrah, Gail Bean (“Snowfall”) as Roulette and Psalms Salazar (Girl Lost: A Hollywood Thriller) as Whisper, also join the cast this season.

Based on her play Pussy Valley, creator Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Dante Di Loreto also serves as an executive producer on the series. Lionsgate Television produces “P-Valley” for STARZ.

https://www.starz.com/us/en/series/p-valley/46156

About “P-Valley” – Season Two

When darkness descends upon Chucalissa, errybody and they mama must fight tooth and talon to survive. While some take flight to perilous new heights, others dig in their stilettos and stand their ground no matter the cost. Back at The Pynk, Autumn and Uncle Clifford grapple for the throne as new blood shakes up the locker room. Meanwhile, with the casino’s fate hanging in the balance, the local political machine kicks into overdrive. In these unprecedented times, death and danger lurk around every corner.

Follow “P-Valley” on Social Twitter: @PValleySTARZ Instagram: @PValleySTARZ Facebook: @PValleySTARZ Join the conversation with #PValley and #STARZ

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

Sources:

1 – Starz app viewership; year-over-year season premiere growth comparisons across all Starz original programming

2 – Nielsen live+same day P2+ (000); Starz Content Insights internal data

3 – Talkwalker SCR



Video: “Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?” – Official Trailer – Starz





Video: “Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?” – Official Trailer – Starz
As the enigmatic British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell faces trial for her role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, this new documentary special will ask what she really is.
[via press release from Starz]
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? | Official Trailer | STARZ

As the enigmatic British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell faces trial for her role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, this new documentary special will ask what she really is. “Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?” premieres Friday, June 24th on STARZ.

#STARZ #STARZDocumentaries



Video: Starz Reveals New Teaser Announcing the August 14 Premiere Date for Season Two





Video: Starz Reveals New Teaser Announcing the August 14 Premiere Date for Season Two of “Power Book III: Raising Kanan”
Set in the early 1990’s, the third series in the “Power” Universe tells the origin story of fan favorite character “Kanan Stark” and his entry into the criminal world through his mother, who ruthlessly runs the family’s drug empire.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZ REVEALS NEW TEASER ANNOUNCING THE AUGUST 14 PREMIERE DATE FOR SEASON TWO OF “POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN”

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND SEASON STARS TONY(R) AWARD WINNER PATINA MILLER AND MEKAI CURTIS

Santa Monica, Calif. – May 27, 2022 – STARZ released a new teaser today for “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” revealing the August 14 premiere date for the series’ second season. New episodes will be available weekly on Sundays at midnight on the STARZ app, all STARZ streaming and on-demand platforms and internationally on the STARZPLAY premium streaming platform across its complete footprint in Europe, Latin America and Japan. On linear, it will debut on STARZ at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada.

Set in the early 1990’s, the third series in the “Power” Universe tells the origin story of fan favorite character “Kanan Stark” and his entry into the criminal world through his mother, who ruthlessly runs the family’s drug empire. It stars MeKai Curtis in the titular role of “Kanan” and Tony(R) Awards winner Patina Miller (“Madam Secretary,” The Hunger Games Franchise) as his mother, Raquel “Raq” Thomas.

As we enter season two, Raquel ‘Raq’ Thomas has gained control over the city’s drug trade, but her son is slipping away. Kanan Stark returns to Queens uncertain of his future with the family business, and because of Detective Howard’s lingering secret, he’s even more uncertain of his past. Kanan searches for the truth while Raq boldly expands the business into hostile Mafia territory. Lou-Lou has other plans that revolve around his emerging record label, but Raq isn’t about to let his side hustle get in the way of her expansion. Although Marvin remains Raq’s loyal soldier, he struggles to earn Jukebox’s forgiveness and become the father she deserves. The ties that bind this family are becoming undone, but Raq will stop at nothing to hold them together.

In addition to Miller and Curtis, the cast also includes Omar Epps (“House,” Love and Basketball), London Brown (“Ballers”), Malcolm Mays (“Them,” “Snowfall”), Hailey Kilgore (“Amazing Stories”), Joey Bada$$ (Two Distant Strangers) and Shanley Caswell (The Conjuring) with Quincy Brown (Dope) and Toby Sandeman (“The Royals”) recurring. Antonio Ortiz (“High Fidelity,” “The Sinner”) has been upped to a series regular role returning as Shawn “Famous” Figueroa in the second season.

Sascha Penn returns as creator and showrunner and will continue executive producing alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp. The “Power” Universe series are executive produced by “Power” creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her production company End of Episode, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through G-Unit Film and Television and Mark Canton through Atmosphere Entertainment MM. End of Episode’s Chris Selak, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich also executive produce. Kevin Fox also serves as executive producer. Lionsgate Television produces the series for STARZ.

Follow “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” on Social Twitter: @RaisingKanan Instagram: @RaisingKananStarz Facebook: @RaisingKanan Join the conversation with #RAISINGKANAN and #STARZ

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.



Starz Announces Romantic Drama From Ava DuVernay, Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson





Starz Announces Romantic Drama From Ava DuVernay, Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson
The project has received a script-to-series commitment for three seasons (18 episodes) upon official greenlight.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZ ANNOUNCES ROMANTIC DRAMA FROM AVA DUVERNAY, LAUREN RIDLOFF AND JOSHUA JACKSON

Santa Monica, Calif. – May 19, 2022 – STARZ President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch announced today at the company’s inaugural #TakeTheLead Summit that it is developing an untitled romantic drama executive produced by award-winning director, producer and filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Queen Sugar,” “When They See Us,” “Colin in Black & White”), Lauren Ridloff (Eternals, “The Walking Dead”) and Joshua Jackson (“When They See Us,” “Dr. Death”). The project has received a script-to-series commitment for three seasons (18 episodes) upon official greenlight. Kat Candler (“Queen Sugar,” “13 Reasons Why”) will write the first episode and serve as executive producer and showrunner. Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar,” “Colin in Black & White”) will also executive produce.

The prospective series follows two polar opposites who become intertwined in a love affair that turns their worlds – and those of everyone around them – upside down. Ridloff and Jackson, who will star in the project, previously starred opposite each other in Broadway’s “Children of a Lesser God.” They were featured in a Spotlight Conversation at the #TakeTheLead Summit where they were introduced by DuVernay and discussed the project, along with the importance of continuing to improve representation on and off the screen.

Kathryn Busby, President, Original Programming, STARZ, who moderated the Summit conversation with Ridloff and Jackson, said, “There is nothing like this series on TV and we are thrilled to be in development with Ava, a trailblazer and unparalleled champion of diversity. Lauren is a true inspiration and together with Joshua, a brilliant veteran actor, they will bring their incredible talents to this project – both in front of and behind the camera. This series exemplifies our #TakeTheLead mission, and we couldn’t be prouder.”

The half-hour drama will chronicle what it takes to fall and stay in a radical, rebellious love. One person is ambitious, while the other is restless. One is ready to commit, while the other debates the merits of relationships. One is Black and one is white. One is deaf and one is not. Though wildly different, the two are emotionally and physically drawn to each other despite personal expectations and public assumptions. Their attraction passionately disrupts notions of race, gender, class, physical ability, and normative culture, elevating to true love that surpasses difference.

“On behalf of my producing partner Paul Garnes and everyone at ARRAY Filmworks, I’m thrilled to develop this passion project with Lauren, Josh and Kat,” said DuVernay. “STARZ and Warner Bros. Television have made a bold production commitment to immediately explore three seasons, and we’re revved up and ready to begin what I hope will be a beautiful journey for all involved.”

DuVernay will oversee the writing for the series through her Peabody Award-winning narrative change collective ARRAY Filmworks and its overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television will produce the project for STARZ. Exemplifying the company’s #TakeTheLead commitment to amplifying narratives for, by and about women and underrepresented audiences, the series will be overseen by Senior Vice President of Original Programming, Kathryn Tyus-Adair, on behalf of STARZ.

About Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. An Academy Award nominee and winner of the Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, DuVernay’s directorial work includes the historical drama “Selma”, the criminal justice documentary “13th” and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time”, which made her the highest grossing Black woman director in American box office history. Based on the infamous case of The Central Park Five, her four-part series “When They See Us” was honored with 16 Emmy nominations. Currently, she is overseeing production on her critically-acclaimed TV series “Queen Sugar,” as well as recent and upcoming television productions including “Colin in Black and White,” “DMZ,” “Cherish the Day,” “Naomi,” “Home Sweet Home” and “One Perfect Shot.” Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her micro-budget film “Middle of Nowhere,” DuVernay amplifies the independent work of people of color and women of all kinds through her non-profit narrative change collective ARRAY. ARRAY is the 2021 winner of the Peabody Institutional Award. DuVernay sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, representing the directors branch. She is also a Vice-President of the Directors Guild of America and an advisory board member of the American Film Institute. She is based in Los Angeles, California.

About Lauren Ridloff

Lauren Ridloff began her meteoric rise as an actor just five years ago. Prior to that, she won the title of Miss Deaf America and was a kindergarten teacher in Manhattan for a decade. After leaving that job to take care of her two young children, she was hired in 2016 to tutor director Kenny Leon in American Sign Language as he readied the Broadway revival of “Children of a Lesser God.” After working together for months, Kenny and the producers concluded that Lauren was the ideal and only choice for the lead. She pulled it off with resounding success, including multiple rave reviews from The New York Times and a Tony nomination. She soon became a series regular on the long running AMC series, “The Walking Dead.” She then became the first Deaf superhero opposite Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani in Marvel’s worldwide hit, Eternals. Lauren received a 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough award recognizing the most promising stars of film and television. Ridloff is repped by Schachter Entertainment, Gersh and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin and Dunham

About Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson is currently starring in Peacock’s “Dr. Death,” based on the popular Wondery podcast of the same name. His powerful performance exploring the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of a system designed to protect the defenseless earned Jackson a 2022 Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television. Jackson will soon begin production on a series adaptation of “Fatal Attraction” for Paramount+ starring opposite Lizzie Caplan. Most recently, Jackson starred opposite Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington in the Hulu limited series “Little Fires Everywhere,” the award-winning Netflix mini-series “When They See Us” for Ava DuVernay, Showtime’s “The Affair,” the National Geographic Channel’s Emmy Award-winning documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously” and FOX/Warner Bros. Television’s “Fringe,” co-created by J.J. Abrams. In 2018, Jackson made his Broadway debut in “Children of a Lesser God” alongside Lauren Ridloff, telling the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. His television and film credits include “Dawson’s Creek,” Sky, Curse, Apt Pupil, Cruel Intentions, Lay the Favorite and Inescapable, among several others.

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces scripted dramas, comedies, limited series, and original movies for multiple platforms. As of May 2022, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 60 scripted series for Warner Bros. Discovery’s HBO Max, external on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five U.S. broadcast networks.

About ARRAY

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a Peabody Award-winning multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance.



Starz to Develop Drama Series “Lovesong” From “Vida” Creator Tanya Saracho





Starz to Develop Drama Series “Lovesong” From “Vida” Creator Tanya Saracho
The half-hour drama will follow two Mexican American childhood friends living in London as they both become entangled in a torturous love-triangle with the same captivating singer-songwriter.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZ TO DEVELOP DRAMA SERIES “LOVESONG” FROM “VIDA” CREATOR TANYA SARACHO

SARACHO TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE POWER OF ALLYSHIP AT STARZ’S INAUGURAL #TAKETHELEAD SUMMIT

Santa Monica, Calif. – May 19, 2022 – STARZ announced today it is in development on “Lovesong,” a drama created, written and executive produced by award-winning playwright and television writer Tanya Saracho. She is also the acclaimed creator and showrunner of STARZ’s groundbreaking series “Vida” which aired for three seasons on the platform. Saracho is set to join STARZ in its inaugural #TakeTheLead Summit today participating in a panel conversation about the power of allyship in fighting for representation.

“Lovesong,” is a half-hour drama that will follow two Mexican American childhood friends living in London as they both become entangled in a torturous love-triangle with the same captivating singer-songwriter. A love story born out of betrayal and paid for with the cost of friendship. Steeped in the East London music scene, the series embarks on a cinematic contemplation of love, sex, identity, purpose and the price of happiness.

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with Tanya to bring her bold and tantalizing love story to life,” said Kathryn Busby, President, Original Programming, STARZ. “Throughout her career and from ‘Vida’ to ‘Lovesong’ on STARZ, her dedication to Latine representation embodies the spirit of #TakeTheLead.”

“This story is very much a child of the pandemic, born from those times when we were yearning for love stories to soothe the soul and light the way through the dark times. This is also when the light of Johnny Flynn’s music found me and lit the way into the story. While I spent five months in London, Johnny was generous enough to lead me through his lived experience of the East London music scene, which now comprises the world of ‘Lovesong,'” said Saracho. “It’s wonderful to be coming home to STARZ to conceive of my new story of love, a place that truly nurtured and supported me while I crafted the love story of the two Hernandez sisters in ‘Vida,’ and I couldn’t be happier to return to bring this new narrative to life.”

Through her overall deal with UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Saracho will executive produce “Lovesong,” along with co-executive producer Christine Dávila, under her production banner Ojalá Productions. Musician and actor Johnny Flynn will also co-executive produce and serve as composer.

“Lovesong” will be produced by UCP and Lionsgate Television for STARZ. Senior Vice President of Original Programming, Kathryn Tyus-Adair will oversee the series on behalf of STARZ. Directors of Development Liz Wile and Ebonie Hicklin are overseeing for UCP, and Executive Vice President & Head of Scripted Development, Scott Herbst and Senior Vice President, Jocelyn Sabo will both oversee for Lionsgate Television.

About Tanya Saracho

Tanya Saracho is a playwright and television writer who most recently served as creator, showrunner and executive producer of the critically acclaimed series “Vida” on STARZ, which earned 100% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes for all three of its seasons. The show, which aired its third and final season on STARZ in May 2020, featured all Latine writers, along with all Latine directors, including Saracho who made her television directorial debut. Saracho is currently developing projects under her overall deal at Universal Content Productions (UCP).

Saracho co-founded the Untitled Latinx Project (ULP), whose mission is to increase Latine representation in television, broadcast, cable and streaming platforms through content created by Latine writers, along with co-founding the Writers Access Support Staff Training Program, to help increase representation and opportunities for underrepresented communities. In addition, Saracho launched the Ojalá Ignition Lab in June 2021, as part of her deal with UCP, which is a lab and incubator program aimed to nurture, amplify, guide and empower intersectional Latine voices and stories. The fellows and finalists for Ojala’s inaugural lab were announced in January 2022.

Saracho was the recipient of the Norman Lear Writers Award at the 2021 Imagen Awards. Named one of “TV Scribes to Watch” by Variety in 2018, Saracho was also honored by the LGBTQ California Legislative Caucus as their 2020 Pride Month Honoree. She received the Rising Star Award at the Outfest Legacy Awards and was awarded the New Voice Award by Final Draft. “Vida” won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2019 and was nominated for seasons two and three as well. The series was also honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition with the 2019 Impact Award, won the Audience Award at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, and made its season two premiere as an Official Selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

ABOUT UCP

UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, is a best-in-class content studio that leverages the power and scale of NBCUniversal while collaborating with visionary storytellers. The studio is responsible for commercially successful and critically acclaimed programming, including “The Umbrella Academy,” “Chucky,” “Mr. Robot,” “One of Us Is Lying,” “Monk,” “Dr. Death,” “Homecoming,” “The Sinner,” “Suits,” “Resident Alien,” “Psych,” “Joe vs Carole” and “Gaslit.”

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.



Starz Casts Academy Award Winner Mo’Nique in Season Two of Hit Drama Series “BMF”





Starz Casts Academy Award Winner Mo’Nique in Season Two of Hit Drama Series “BMF”
Mo’Nique will star as the character Goldie, a sophisticated Atlanta strip club owner with swagger and street smarts.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZ CASTS ACADEMY AWARD(R) WINNER MO’NIQUE IN SEASON TWO OF HIT DRAMA SERIES “BMF”

Santa Monica, Calif. – May 10, 2022 – Academy Award(R) winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique (Precious, Bessie) will join the lineup of strong female characters in the second season of STARZ’s hit drama “BMF” in a recurring role. The upcoming sophomore season will also feature previously announced Leslie Jones (“Our Flag Means Death,” Coming 2 America),La La Anthony (“The Chi,” The Perfect Find), who was recently upped to a series regular, and “BMF” newcomers Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King, X2: X-Men) and Christine Horn (“Snowfall,” “black-ish”). The first season of “BMF,” a story of two brothers who created “Black Mafia Family,” the most prominent drug distribution network in American history, debuted as the #1 premiere on the STARZ app last year and ranked as one of the most highly engaged series premieres ever.

Mo’Nique will star as the character “Goldie,” a sophisticated Atlanta strip club owner with swagger and street smarts. She forms an alliance with the Flenory brothers which will help fuel their migration from Detroit to Atlanta. A fierce protector of her dancers and the people in her world, Goldie isn’t afraid to take care of business, no matter what the cost.

Mo’Nique will join returning cast members Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., the son of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, Da’Vinchi (The Way Back, “grown-ish”), Russell Hornsby (Fences, The Hate U Give), Michole Briana White (“Dead to Me,” She Hate Me), Myles Truitt (“Black Lightning,” “The New Edition Story”) and Steve Harris (“The Practice,” Diary of a Mad Black Woman). Snoop Dogg (Dolemite Is My Name, Soul Plane, Training Day), Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight, and Serayah (“Empire,” Favorite Son) star in recurring roles.

“BMF” is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (co-creator of the “Power” Universe, “For Life”), alongside showrunner, executive producer, writer and Detroit native Randy Huggins (“Star,” “Rebel,” “Power”). Heather Zuhlke, Anthony Wilson and Anne Clements also serve as executive producers on the sophomore season. “BMF” is produced through Jackson’s G-Unit Film and Television in association with Lionsgate Television for STARZ.

About “BMF”

“BMF” is inspired by true legends who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in this country. Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory’s charismatic leadership, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory’s business acumen and the fraternal partnership’s vision beyond the drug trade and into the world of hip-hop would render the brothers iconic on a global level. Their unwavering belief in family loyalty would be the cornerstone of their partnership and the crux of their eventual estrangement. This is a story about love, kinship and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream.

Follow “BMF” on Social Twitter: @BMFStarz Instagram: @BMFStarz Facebook: @BMFStarz Join the conversation with #BMFStarz and #STARZ

https://www.starz.com/us/en/series/bmf/62264

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.



“Shining Vale” Will Return for Season 2 on Starz





“Shining Vale” Will Return for Season 2 on Starz
The network confirmed the news on social media this morning.
[via press release from Starz]





“Outlander” Casts Key Role for Upcoming Seventh Season





“Outlander” Casts Key Role for Upcoming Seventh Season
Charles Vandervaart has been cast in the role of William Ransom, the secret son of Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, on the internationally acclaimed original series.
[via press release from Starz]
“OUTLANDER” CASTS KEY ROLE FOR UPCOMING SEVENTH SEASON

CHARLES VANDERVAART JOINS THE CAST AS JAMIE FRASER’S SON, “WILLIAM RANSOM”

Santa Monica, Calif – STARZ is pleased to announce the casting of Canadian actor Charles Vandervaart (“Lost in Space,” The Craft: Legacy) in the role of ‘William Ransom,’ the secret son of Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, on the internationally acclaimed original series, “Outlander.” The season six finale of the fan favorite series aired May 1 on STARZ and production on season seven began in Scotland last month with Vandervaart joining returning cast members Caitríona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin and John Bell.

Raised by his stepfather, Lord John Grey (David Berry), William, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is a highly anticipated character from the book series. In season seven, William arrives in Wilmington full of patriotic zeal and enthusiasm to join the British Army and help put an end to the escalating tensions in the American Colonies. As fans may remember from season three, William is actually the biological son of Jamie Fraser, though he does not know the truth of his parentage. On the surface, William Ransom is a courteous aristocrat but simmering under the surface is a Highlander’s fire.

“We are happy to welcome Charles to the Fraser family for season seven of ‘Outlander,’ joining the cast with the other talented actors that bring our stories to life,” says Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner, writer and executive producer. “Scotland will again be our production home as the Frasers and MacKenzies try to make a home against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War. This season promises more adventure, time travel and emotional peril than any season before”

Executive producer Maril Davis adds, “The character of William Ransom is a wonderful role, and one fans have been eager to see. Finding someone with the talent and physicality to play Jamie’s son was a daunting task, but Charles’ charisma was evident during the audition process and we are excited to see what he will bring to William’s multi layered journey.”

The “Outlander” television series is inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, which have sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, with all nine of the books gracing the New York Times best-seller list. The “Outlander” television series has become a worldwide success with audiences, spanning the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale.

Matthew B. Roberts, Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Luke Schelhaas, Andy Harries and Jim Kohlberg executive produce. “Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Left Bank Pictures and Story Mining & Supply Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

**Charles Vandervaart Biography: **

Charles Vandervaart began his career at a young age on stage with the prestigious SoulPepper Theatre Company. He very quickly moved to play the recurring role of ‘John Brackenreid’ in CBC’s “Murdoch Mysteries” for eight seasons. Charles earned the starring role of ‘Larry Stanley’ in “The Stanley Dynamic” (YTV), followed by the series regular role of ‘Robbie Hobbie’ in five seasons of Hulu’s “Holly Hobbie,” which was nominated for a daytime Emmy and won a Canadian Screen Award (2020) for Best Children’s and Youth Program and Best Direction. Charles can be currently seen on Netflix’s “October Faction” in the recurring role of ‘Young Fred’ as well as Blumhouse’s remake of The Craft. Charles also works as a voice actor, appearing as ‘Sid the Pirate’ in four seasons of “Paw Patrol.” In 2015 and 2016, Charles received Young Entertainer Award Nominations for Best Leading Young Actor, Television Series (“The Stanley Dynamic”) and Best Recurring Young Actor, Television Series (“Murdoch Mysteries”). “The Stanley Dynamic” was also a finalist at the 2016 Cynopsis Kids Imagination Awards for Best New Series and won honourable mention in two categories. Charles can also be seen in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s “Lost in Space.” An overall avid athlete, he is most drawn to rock climbing. Any remaining time, Charles could be found reading a book.

Follow “Outlander” on Social Twitter: @OutlanderSTARZ | @STARZPR Instagram: @OutlanderSTARZ | @STARZPR Facebook: @OutlanderTVSeries.starz Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ

**About STARZ **

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global content business, operating a robust portfolio of wholly-owned and joint-venture production companies across the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, as well as linear and digital channels around the world. SPT is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.



Starz Announces New Cast Members Joining Second Season of Hit Comedy Series “Run the World”





Starz Announces New Cast Members Joining Second Season of Hit Comedy Series “Run the World”
Tika Sumpter, Comedian CP and Isha Blaaker will be joining the cast in recurring roles.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZ ANNOUNCES NEW CAST MEMBERS JOINING SECOND SEASON OF HIT COMEDY SERIES “RUN THE WORLD”

TIKA SUMPTER, COMEDIAN CP AND ISHA BLAAKER JOIN THE CAST IN RECURRING ROLES, AND CREE SUMMER AND ASHLEY BLAINE FEATHERSON-JENKINS WILL GUEST STAR

Santa Monica, Calif. – April 27, 2022 – STARZ announced today that Tika Sumpter (Sonic the Hedgehog 2, “Mixed-ish”), Comedian CP (“Detroiters,” “Ole Bud’s Anu Football Weekly”) and Isha Blaaker (A Madea’s Homecoming, “The Flight Attendant”) will be joining the cast of STARZ’s hit comedy series “Run the World” in recurring roles. Cree Summer (“Better Things,” “Queen Sugar”) and Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins (“Dear White People,” Bad Hair) will guest star in the upcoming season.

The series follows a group of smart, funny and vibrant thirty-something Black women – fiercely loyal best friends – who live, work and play in Harlem. “Run the World” exemplifies STARZ’s #TakeTheLead commitment to spotlighting diverse voices and stories that reflect a full spectrum of women both in front of and behind the camera.

Tika Sumpter will recur as “Naomi,” the biological mother of Amari who has returned home from the Navy. With the assertiveness of a military officer, she immediately reclaims her position in Amari’s life, leaving Sondi to question her place in this new family dynamic.

Comedian CP will recur as “Preston Thurgood,” the multi-millionaire creator of Prestify, who has no need to put on airs. His hilarious, down-to-earth personality is plenty to get Renee’s attention; however, his lavish lifestyle certainly won’t hurt his case. Preston could give Renee everything she’s ever wanted, but is Preston the true love of her life?

Ishaa Blaaker will recur as “Phillip Houston,” Whitney’s business school rival who has returned from London fresh off a breakup of his own. His sexy British arrogance has Whitney flustered and their chemistry runs high. Now that they’re both single, Phillip is certainly interested.

Cree Summer will guest star as “Dr. Monica Mitchell,” the ladies’ wise and trusting new therapist. She allows Whitney, Renee and Sondi to pick up right where they left off with their retired therapist, Dr. Nancy. Dr. Monica’s direct, honest and personal approach allows the ladies to open up and navigate their relationship woes, as well as admit that they were kind of over getting advice from a white woman.

Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins will guest star as “India Blue,” a beautiful, confident, cool and incredibly successful singer/songwriter/producer. India has been working closely with Jason and is now looking to move this “collaboration” into something more, despite Renee and Jason’s prior relationship.

Rachelle Williams-BenAry (“Love Life,” “Mixed-ish,” “Survivor’s Remorse”) joins season two as showrunner and executive producer. Returning cast includes Amber Stevens West (“The Carmichael Show”), Bresha Webb (“Marlon”), Corbin Reid (“Valor”), Stephen Bishop (Moneyball, “Imposters”) and Tosin Morohunfola (“Black Lightning”). Erika Alexander (“Living Single”) and Nick Sagar (“Queen of the South”) will also return as recurring guest stars, and Jay Walker (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Tonya Pinkins will return as guest stars.

“Run the World” is produced by Lionsgate Television. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Kathryn Tyus-Adair is the executive overseeing the series on behalf of STARZ. Senior Vice President of Television Jocelyn Sabo and Director of Television Maggie Leung oversee the series on behalf of Lionsgate.

About “Run the World”

“Run the World” follows a group of smart, funny, and vibrant thirty-something Black women – fiercely loyal best friends – who live, work and play in Harlem. As they strive for world domination, they each navigate career highs and lows, hookups and heartbreaks that cause them to re-evaluate who they are and where they are going. At its core, it’s an authentic and unapologetic show about enviable friendship and not only surviving – but thriving together.

Follow “Run the World” on Social Twitter: @RunTheWorldTV | @STARZ Instagram: @RunTheWorldSTARZ | @STARZ Facebook: @RunTheWorldSTARZ Join the conversation with #RunTheWorld and #STARZ

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.

https://www.starz.com/us/en/series/run-the-world/58457