via press release:
STARZ BRINGS NEWS FROM WALES, MIAMI AND CAPE TOWN TO THE 2013 WINTER TCA TOUR
DAVID S. GOYER’S “DA VINCI’S DEMONS” TO PREMIERE
ON FRIDAY, APRIL 12
TRAILER FOR SEASON 2 OF “MAGIC CITY” RELEASED
MICHAEL BAY EXEC PRODUDED “BLACK SAILS” BEGINS PRODUCTION
Beverly Hills, CA. – STARZ presented updates on several of its upcoming original series to television critics in Pasadena.
Highly anticipated historical drama “Da Vinci’s Demons,” written and directed by David S. Goyer, will premiere on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT. A new extended trailer for the series was also released.
“Da Vinci’s Demons” follows the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty-five year old Leonardo Da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.
The series stars Tom Riley (“Monroe,” I Want Candy), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, “Honest,” Captain America: The First Avenger), Elliot Cowan (“Marchlands,” “The Fixer,” “Lost in Austen”), Lara Pulver (“True Blood,” “Sherlock,” “Robin Hood”) and Blake Ritson (RocknRolla, Titus, “World Without End”).
STARZ also released a new trailer for season two of the 1960’s Miami based drama “Magic City,” which will return this summer with new cast members; legendary James Caan and Esai Morales.
This season Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) risks everything in a life and death battle to rid his Miramar Playa Hotel of the mob and Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston). Ike’s dangerous plan to defeat Ben takes Ike from Havana’s glamorous casinos to dealings with a new devil – Ben’s boss in the Chicago Outfit (Caan). Ike’s wife Vera (Olga Kurylenko) gets a second chance at her former dancing glory, while sons Stevie (Steven Strait) and Danny (Christian Cooke) drift farther from Ike — Stevie toward the power and rewards of Ben’s dark world, Danny into the moral righteousness of State’s Attorney Jack Klein. Changes in Castro’s Cuba ripple to the shores of Miami Beach, and a new world order begins to tear the Evans family apart. Even if Ike’s long-shot gamble to take back his hotel succeeds, will the price of victory be too high?
Season one cast Kelly Lynch, Jessica Marais, Elena Satine, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Taylor Blackwell and Yul Vazquez all return.
Production officially began in Cape Town, South Africa on the new STARZ Original series “Black Sails” (working title) from executive producer Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes with Neil Marshall (The Descent) set to direct the first episode. The straight-to-series eight episode first season of the pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” The series will air in 2014.
Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.
Luke Arnold (“McLeod’s Daughters,” “Rush,” Broken Hill) will star alongside Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), Toby Stephens (“Robin Hood,” Die Another Day), Hannah New (“El Tiempo Entre Costuras,” Fuga De Cerebros 2, Maleficent) and Jessica Parker Kennedy “The Secret Circle,” 50/50, In Time).
“Black Sails” will be executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form who produces The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Nightmare on Elm Street (2009). The series is created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and co-executive producer Robert Levine (“Touch”).
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Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 20.8 million and 34.3 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).