‘BLACK-ISH’ CREATOR KENYA BARRIS EXITS ABC STUDIOS
‘Black-ish' creator and 'Girls Trip' writer Kenya Barris has officially exited ABC Studios as sources say he could become the next mega-producer to ink a nine-figure overall deal with Netflix.
Barris' deal with ABC Studios will end in August as he and the studio have now negotiated his exit. In a statement, Barris said: “I’m very grateful to Patrick Moran and his team at ABC Studios, who have supported me every step of the way as I created the worlds of Black-ish, Grown-ish and now Besties. It has been an incredible ride including a Peabody and Golden Globe win, Emmy nominations, and many other accolades. But most importantly, they’ve allowed me to realize my dream of creating my own shows and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done together. No matter what, the studio has never wavered in their support of my creative vision. Leaving is bittersweet, but between my series on the air and projects currently in development, I know I’ll continue to work with ABC Studios for a long time.”
Barris, should his Netflix pact close, will join Rhimes (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy) and Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Crime Story) with nine-figure deals at the streaming service. Rhimes and Murphy each exited their longtime homes at ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television, respectively, helping to further ignite a war for talent among broadcast, cable and streamers.