EXCLUSIVE: Power Creator Courtney Kemp’s overall deal with Netflix has expanded with a new hire at her production company.
Formerly the streamer’s director, original series, Tia Michelle Williams has now joined Kemp’s episode ending as senior vice president of episodic television. Williams started EoE earlier this month, I learned, after almost a year in her last Netflix gig.
Reporting directly to the company’s President and Chief Content Officer, Chris Selak, Williams is responsible for both expanding EoE’s slate of projects, as well as developing and scaling current projects to series as part of the… four-year Netflix deal signed last summer.
“Tia is a brilliant, proven leader,” Kemp told Deadline Today of the new top signing. “We are thrilled to bring him new energy and ideas for End of Episode. His vast experience and creative instincts are an exciting addition to the company, and we look forward to a bright and expansive future.
“I’m thrilled to have Tia Williams join us at the end of the episode,” added Lionsgate TV’s former script manager Selak. “She’s a well-respected executive with incredible taste and a deep passion for compelling and thought-provoking stories. Her creativity, expertise and enthusiasm will be an incredible asset to our team as we continue to build our roster.
“I have always been a huge fan of Courtney and Chris since their work in the world and then I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to discover and be inspired by their energy, their passion and their creative spirit. when they joined Netflix,” Williams said. “The team at End of Episode and the series they’ve created so far are bold and resonant, and I’m thrilled to join in the mission to tell captivating and unforgettable stories with them.”
Having brought the original Power on the small screen in 2014 on Starz, Kemp spawned a multi-season franchise that now sees Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, and Power Book IV: Strength on the premium cable company still owned by Lionsgate. Stepping back from her showrunner roles with Netflix’s eight-figure and soaring deal last year, CAA representative Kemp said her mandate was to deliver “diverse, multilingual, cooler series and fueled by social media that packs a serious punch”. A self-imposed mandate that emphasizes stories about and from “women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ voices,” as EoE puts it.
A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Williams worked at CAA, Robert and Susan Downey’s Downey team and BET Networks before jumping on the Netflix bandwagon in August 2017. At the streamer, Williams worked and supervised series as Outer Banks, lost in space, The societyand that of Ryan Murphy Pawl and Halston. In her Netflix capacity, Williams has also been involved with Higher Ground and The Obamas’ End of Episode on the upcoming Blackout anthology series.