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Starz Digital Media Brings “Power” to UK Audiences for Early Digital Purchase

Starz Digital Media, the global digital and on-demand licensing and content syndication arm of Starz, announced an early digital purchase opportunity in the UK for the widely-anticipated new STARZ Original series, “Power.” Beginning today, the first full hour-long episode of “Power,” from Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer Courtney Kemp Agboh, is available in the UK with select digital partners.

Digital electronic sell-through (EST) purchases in the UK are now available through (alphabetically); Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox, Google Play, iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network, and Xbox Video.

New episodes will be made available for individual purchase in the UK on Mondays following the exclusive Saturday night premiere on the STARZ premium pay TV network in the United States. Discounted full season purchases are also available beginning today with new episodic content delivered concurrent with episode availability.

“Enthusiasm from our digital partners in the United Kingdom for the latest STARZ Original series, ‘Power,’ led us to give UK fans a unique opportunity to purchase episodes the next business day after their respective worldwide premieres,” said Mara Winokur, Senior Vice President, Digital at Starz Digital Media.

Winokur continued, “’Power’ is a contemporary drama that will especially appeal to younger demographic audiences. Coupled with strong cross-promotional interest from our partners for Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson’s recently released new album, ‘Animal Ambition,’ which features select songs from ‘Power,’ and interest in this market is piqued for the hot new series.”

About “Power”

“Power” tells the story of a visionary crime drama set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade.

James “Ghost” St. Patrick has it all: a beautiful wife, a gorgeous Manhattan penthouse, and the hottest, up-and-coming new nightclub in New York. His club, Truth, caters to the elite: the famous and infamous boldface names that run the city that never sleeps. As its success grows, so do Ghost’s plans to build an empire. However, Truth hides an ugly reality. It’s a front for Ghost’s criminal underworld; a lucrative drug network, serving only the wealthy and powerful.

As Ghost is seduced by the prospect of a legitimate life, everything precious to him becomes unknowingly threatened. Once you’re in, can you ever get out?

The cast is led by Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, For Colored Girls, Kick Ass, “Being Mary Jane”) and joined by Lela Loren (Snitch, “Gang Related”), Naturi Naughton (Fame, “The Client List,” “Mad Men”) and Joseph Sikora (Jack Reacher, Safe, “Boardwalk Empire”). Hardwick stars as main character ‘James “Ghost” St. Patrick’; Loren plays ‘Angela Valdes,’ an old flame of James’s who unexpectedly reenters his life; Naughton plays ‘Tasha St. Patrick,’ wife, confidant and willing accomplice to James and Sikora plays ‘Tommy Egan,’ childhood best friend and business partner to “Ghost.”

The series is created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (Emmy® nominated for "The Good Wife"), and serves as executive producer and showrunner. Mark Canton (300, Immortals, 300: Rise of an Empire), Randall Emmett (End of Watch, 2 Guns, Lone Survivor) and David Knoller (“Big Love,” “Carnivàle”) also serve as executive producers. The series is produced in association with CBS Television Studios.

The first episode of “Power” premiered on STARZ on June 7, 2014, as part of its eight episode first season, with each episode one hour in length.

About Starz Digital Media

Starz Digital Media is a leading distributor of digital and on-demand content. Starz Digital Media distributes original programming content (Starz and AMC), feature films (The Weinstein Company, Anchor Bay Films), anime (Manga Entertainment) and other filmed entertainment utilizing various business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. Starz Digital Media also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games, applications and other related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide. Starz Digital Media is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

About Starz

Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of March 31, 2014, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.3 million subscribers, including 21.9 million at STARZ, and 34.4 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air over 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution’s home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

For high-resolution images and other press materials please visit the Starz Press Room at www.starz.mediaroom.com.

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