November 28, 2023

Starz Powers Up ‘Power Book III’ for Season Four

Just days ahead of the season-three premiere of Starz’ Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the network renewed the show for a fourth season with production beginning this week in New York City.

Set in the early 1990s, the third series in the Power universe tells the origin story of Kanan Stark (MeKai Curtis), who was introduced to the criminal world by his mother, Raquel “Raq” Thomas (Patina Miller). In the original Power, Kanan Stark is played by executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, upon whose life the series was loosely based. Power Book III also stars Omar Epps as Detective Malcolm Howard, London Brown as Marvin Thomas, Malcolm Mays as Lou-Lou Thomas, Hailey Kilgore as Jukebox, Joey Bada$$ as Unique, Shanley Caswell as Detective Burke, Antonio Ortiz as Famous and Grantham Coleman as Ronnie. The trailer also reveals that Tony Danza shows up in a guest-starring role.

“We’re thrilled to continue Kanan Stark’s story, and for fans to see how the events of his formative adolescent years continue to mold him into the cold-hearted villain they were first introduced to in ‘Power.’ We are quite sure that after viewers see the battle lines being drawn between Raq and Kanan on this epic upcoming third season that they will demand more,” said Kathryn Busby, Starz’ president of original programming, in a statement.

Starz’ Power, starring Omari Hardwick as drug dealer James “Ghost” St. Patrick, premiered in 2014 and ran for six seasons. It proved so popular with fans that Starz turned the show into its own universe, spinning off several sequels and prequels.

Sascha Penn will return as showrunner and executive producer for season four. The series is executive produced by the creator and showrunner of the original Power, 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. Chris Selak and Kevin Fox also serve as executive producers. Lionsgate Television produces the series for Starz.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres Friday, December 1, on Starz with new episodes available weekly on Fridays at midnight ET on the Starz app and all Starz streaming and on-demand platforms.


Client: Starz

Agency (trailer): Open Road

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January 25, 2023

Open Road’s PopClutch Starts the Clock at HBO’s ‘Real Time’

Open Road’s branding and design division, PopClutch, last week rolled out a new hyper-energized main title sequence for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, now in its 21st season.

With music performed by punk-pop band Green Day, the edgy motion graphics illustrate the types of thorny issues that the weekly news commentary show takes on.

Fun fact: Sharre Jacoby, who joined Open Road from Known to launch PopClutch, has worked on every iteration of Real Time’s main titles since the show launched in 2003.


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February 7, 2021

Entertainment Weekly on Open Road's 'Clarice' Super Bowl Trailer

In case you didn't realize that Clarice was a sequel series to The Silence of the Lambs, there are now actual lambs in the new trailer that dropped during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

"The lambs were screaming," actress Rebecca Breeds recites as the lead character, Clarice Starling. "I tried to free them. I thought if I could save just one… but he was so heavy. I couldn't save the lamb. But I will never stop trying."

The teaser ends with a moth landing on Clarice's mouth as a nod to the poster for the 1991 horror-thriller that saw Jodie Foster as Clarice opposite Anthony Hopkins as cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. That name, however, won't be mentioned on the CBS show due to rights issues with author Thomas Harris' book characters, as explained by the producers.

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December 18, 2020

Open Road's 'Judas and the Black Messiah' Trailer Featured as One of 2020's Great Trailers on Muse by Clio

Chosen by Nick Temple
Founder/Chief Creative Officer
Wild Card Creative Group

"Crushing combination of dialogue, sound design and music brilliantly melded into one. It would have been easier to cut on every beat, but the confidence to hold on certain shots is what defines this trailer for me—summed up in two: the smile and wave from Jesse Plemons to the look of consequence from Lakeith Stanfield. Truly special."

Chosen by Alex Battershall
Senior Editor

"Packs more energy and emotion into two minutes than most films manage in two hours. It's such a simple but effective trailer. So much is explained through looks and glances, you get the bare minimum of expository dialogue but still completely understand everything that is happening, which allows the music and chanting to capture the mood and tone perfectly."

Chosen by Lauri Brown
SVP Creative Advertising
Universal Pictures

"The start of the piece is simple, clean and pulls you in. The music is a great find. The signature musical riff is good, and overall the cue helps the story feel even more contemporary. Even though repeating a phrase or using a speech isn't new or groundbreaking, they make it particularly effective here. Nothing is trying too hard to push you in one direction. It's well done construction that lets the tension, and what looks like a great a performance, really build."


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September 18, 2020

Open Road's 'Monsterland' and 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' Trailers Featured on Muse by Clio

"When a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic Convention turned violent, the whole world was watching. This new drama from Aaron Sorkin, which includes an incredible cast—Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton—details the trial that followed those events. The powerful trailer unravels the narrative, but it's the sound mixing that keeps viewers on edge. The chanting reminder that "The whole world is watching" transports you into the movement. The poster design smartly demonstrates the subject matter while also speaking volumes to current events and the civil division. See The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Oct. 16."

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August 25, 2020

Open Road's 'Enola Holmes' Trailer Featured on Cinema Blend

"The first trailer for Netflix's Enola Holmes starts with the narration from Millie Bobby Brown's character, which will presumably continue throughout the course of the upcoming movie's 123 minute runtime. Enola gives the public some backstory, revealing the origin of her unique name and her loving relationship with her mother Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonhman Carter). She learns a ton of skills in the process, which must be used when Eudoria suddenly vanishes without a trace.

Enola quickly gets to business in order to try and track down her missing matriarch, but doesn't decide to have this type of adventure alone. Instead, she's joined by her brothers Mycroft and Sherlock, played by actors Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill respectively. The latter actor's hair is particularly glorious for this movie, with waves that will no doubtlook surprisingly perfect throughout the adventure.

From the moment she meets up with her brothers in Enola Holmes' trailer, it's clear that the talented title character is missing one crucial skill: how to be a lady. They admonish her appearance, calling her a "wild woman." And as a result, she runs away to continue the search for her mother. That's when the action really begins.

As Elona trains in etiquette, she meets some friends along the way. The action of the Enola Holmes trailer picks up, as Hole's iconic track "Celebrity Skin" fuels action sequences with appropriate language for Millie Bobby Brown's protagonist. She'll have to use the various skills taught by her mother to find Eudoria, with her fourth wall breaking narration helping to buoy the trailer's runtime."

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August 17, 2020

Collider on Open Road's 'Departure' Trailer

"If you’re anything like me, you love a good plane mystery, and Peacock’s upcoming limited series Departure looks like it’s going to scratch that very specific itch judging by its brand new trailer. The show stars Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer as investigators brought on to locate a passenger aircraft that mysteriously vanished mid-flight and try to determine what happened to it. The investigation becomes more complicated when a survivor is rescued from the ocean and quickly becomes a terrorism suspect."


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August 10, 2020

Forbes on Open Road's "Powerhouse Trailer" for 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

"We got a teaser trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah on Thursday night, which was a surprise since getting any new theatrical trailer these days is cause for celebration. The Warner Bros. release, about the FBI’s attempts to bring down Black Panther party chairman Fred Hampton in the late 1960’s, stars Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton, Lakeith Stanfield as “turncoat” William O’Neal and Jesse Plemons as the cop who corralled O’Neal into becoming an informant, is scheduled to open at some point next year. As for the trailer, it’s a dynamite piece of movie marketing, something that will play quite well on an IMAX screen prior to showings of Tenet and yet another example of Warner Bros. marketing at its best. It’s a trip wire-intense trailer for a non-tentpole that nonetheless sells the flick as an event movie.

The brief tease is centered around a single scene, namely Hampton preaching to the proverbially converted and calling for revolution while the narrative shifts in and out of that core moment to provide context on the moment in time and the specific narrative, climaxing with a brief “action” montage before returning to the same key moment, with Kaluuya calling for revolution, liberation and freedom as Stanfield nervously applauds while Plemons watches in the crowd. It’s such a powerhouse trailer that it’s really all you need to make the sale, although I’m sure there will be a more conventional plot-centric trailer dropping sometime before release. If the structure seems similar, it’s because it plays not unlike “lightning in a bottle” teasers for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper in 2015 and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born in 2018.

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June 29, 2020

E! Online on Open Road's 'Dr. 90210' Trailer

"A cut above the rest.

In this first look for the fall return of Dr. 90210, viewers are introduced to the all-female, powerhouse plastic surgeons starring in the revival. As the footage above details, "Beverly Hills is the Mecca of plastic surgery, but only 15 percent of plastic surgeons are women."

Thus, the surgeons—including Dr. Cat Begovic, Dr. Kelly Killeen, Dr. Michelle Leeand Dr. Suzanne Quardt—are essentially rock stars in the medical field.

"Who knows better than a woman what a woman wants to feel like," one patient remarks.

"Absolutely," Dr. Lee responds. Later on, Dr. Lee reveals she specializes in facial plastic surgery.

As for Dr. Killeen, she teases her special relationship with breasts. "Being a female plastic surgeon gives me a special edge," she expresses. "I have a different relationship with boobs than guys do."

Speaking of the female anatomy, Dr. Begovic is the pioneer of "vaginal cosmetic surgery."

Whether it's "the snooter" or "the cooter," Dr. Quardt reveals she tackles it all."

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