Kenya Barris
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United States
2018

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Writer / Director / Producer

In August, Barris became one of the most high-profile — and highly compensated —television producers in the business, inking a three-year overall deal with Netflix potentially worth $100 million. With that, he becomes a member of an elite club of creators heavily recruited to the streaming service, joining Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy. Leaving his overall deal with ABC Studios, Barris stepped away from showrunner duties on “Black-ish” but remains an executive producer on the show, as well as on its spinoff, “Grown-ish,” and on ABC’s “Bewitched” reboot, which has a pilot production commitment. A writer on the film “Girls Trip,” he is developing a sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America” and a Juneteenth musical with Pharrell Williams.

Career

  • GIRLS TRIP
  • BLACK-ISH
  • GROWN-ISH

Education

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Kenya Barris to Exit ABC Studios

Kenya Barris to Exit ABC Studios

Kenya Barris is leaving ABC Studios.The producer and showrunner behind shows like ABC's critically-acclaimed comedy "Black-ish" and its spinoff "Grown-ish" at Freeform will depart the studio in August. Barris also has the recently-ordered Freeform comedy "Besties" at the studio, though a spokesperson for the studio said that Barris will remain an executive producer on all of his shows.Kenny Smith will now join longtime co-showrunner Jonathan Groff heading day-to-day operations on "Black-ish," and Julie Bean will continue to serve as showrunner...

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