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Beverly Hills, Calif., November 30, 2017 – Starz released today the key art and series overview video for new Original series “Counterpart,” starring Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons that is set to premiere on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 8PM ET/PT. Starz also announced an early sneak peek of the pilot episode to be aired after the “Outlander” season three finale on December 10th, 2017 at 9 pm ET/PT.

“Counterpart,” from creator Justin Marks, MRC, Gilbert Films, and Anonymous Content, is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”

The key art features J.K. Simmons in the role of Howard Silk’s counterpart from the parallel world, and was released with a companion art piece featuring Howard Silk. The new series overview provides the audience with a more in-depth look at this world of intrigue and espionage with interviews featuring executive producers and cast, as well as never-before-seen-footage.

“Counterpart” also features Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, “Manhattan”) as ‘Emily Burton Silk,’ Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, “Manhattan”) as ‘Peter Quayle,’ Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, “Marcella”) as ‘Ian Shaw,’ Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland,” Ben-Hur, Hotel Mumbai) as ‘Clare,’ Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl) as ‘Baldwin,’ and Ulrich Thomsen (“The Blacklist,” “Banshee”) as ‘Aldrich.’ Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directed the first episode.

Created, written, and executive produced by Marks (The Jungle Book), “Counterpart” is also executive produced by Amy Berg (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Gary Gilbert (La La Land) with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), as well as Keith Redmon (The Revenant), and Bard Dorros (Spotlight) with Anonymous Content.

Production on the first season began in Los Angeles in 2016, and wrapped in Berlin earlier this year.

For more information on “Counterpart” and access to press materials and show assets, please visit the new STARZ Media Room, compatible with iPad devices:

About Starz

Starz (, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ® brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.

About MRC

MRC is a leading film and television studio, specializing in the creation of content in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative talent.  The company develops, produces and finances film and TV for leading distributors including Sony, Warner Bros., Universal and Fox, as well as premier networks including HBO, ABC, Netflix, AMC, Lifetime and Comedy Central.  MRC is the studio behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning series House of Cards, distributed by Netflix and various international distributors.  The company also developed, produced and financed Ted, distributed by Universal Pictures, the highest grossing original comedy of all time worldwide.  For more information, please visit

About Gilbert Films

Gilbert Films is the Los Angeles-based production company founded by Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning producer Gary Gilbert.  Through both independent and studio films and elevated television series, Gilbert Films’ projects have been nominated for 18 Academy Awards®, 11 Golden Globes®, 15 BAFTAs and 7 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Gilbert most recently produced the acclaimed award-winning film La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. He also produced the Academy Award®-nominated film The Kids Are All Right, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Gilbert and Gilbert Films’ first feature, writer/director Zach Braff’s Garden State, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was honored with the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Other recent credits include Save The Date, You Are Here, The Keeping Room, Margaret, From Prada to Nada, Henry Poole Is Here, and Meet Monica Velour. Gilbert Films’ first television series “Counterpart” will premiere on STARZ in 2018. The sci-fi thriller stars Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and is directed by Academy Award®-nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).