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E4 acquires rights to hit US show Empire

09 April 2015, 16:44 | Written by Laurence Day

Empire, the musical drama based around a family vying for control of a media corporation, is headed to E4.

Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (director and writer of The Butler, respectively), the show focuses on hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon, his ex-wife and three sons as they all fight over company, Empire Entertainment. It's received rave reviews in the States, and was commissioned for a second season shortly after episode two aired.

Even in its first season, it's attracted some big name stars: Courtney Love, Gladys Night, Snoop Dogg, Rita Ora and Juicy J to name a few.

Of the acquisition, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt, said: “Empire has been a record breaking hit in the US. It's grown and grown as audiences have fallen in love with its unforgettable characters and soundtrack. I'm delighted it's coming to E4."

Watch the trailer for the show below.

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