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John Ridley Re-Ups with ABC Studios, Adds Disney First-Look Film Pact

John Ridley, the showrunner behind ABC’s “American Crime” and an Oscar winner for “12 Years a Slave,” has extended his overall deal with ABC Studios for three more years and set a first-look pact for feature projects with Disney.

Ridley intends to expand the scope of his banner, International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation, under the new pact and bring on a dedicated development exec.

“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with John, who brought us a show we’re so proud of in American Crime,” said Patrick Moran, exec VP of ABC Studios. “We’re very much looking forward to future collaborations with him and his team.”

The second season of anthology drama “American Crime” bows tonight. Ridley also set to begin production a new ABC drama pilot, “Presence,” next week.

The first season of “American Crime” drew enough critical praise to secure a renewal from ABC despite low ratings. The  series grabbed 10 Emmy nominations and a win for supporting actress for co-star Regina King.

The new season of “American Crime” tackles a different case but with King, Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Lili Taylor returning to the ensemble.

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