Kenya Barris
Mamadi Doumbouya
United States
2019

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Barris

Writer / Director / Producer

Barris’ uniquely edgy and sometimes controversial comic explorations of race in America didn’t scare off Netflix, which in 2018 signed him to a deal potentially worth $100 million. And he has three projects under way for the streamer: the sketch show “Astronomy Club,” the animated music series “Entergalatic” and sitcom “Black Excellence,” which he’s producing and starring in. Meanwhile, his “Black-ish” spinoffs continue, with “Grown-ish” premiering on Freeform in 2018 and “Mixed-ish” just bowing on ABC to tell Rainbow Johnson’s backstory. His ABC spin on the classic sitcom “Bewitched,” focusing on an interracial family, didn’t make the fall schedule, but it remains a contender. On the feature side, he’s developing “Coming to America 2,” starring Eddie Murphy, and an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.”

Career

  • GIRLS TRIP
  • BLACK-ISH
  • GROWN-ISH

Education

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces Kenya Barris' 'Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show' Premiere Date

TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces Kenya Barris' 'Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show' Premiere Date

In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for "Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show" and the CW releases its 2020 midseason premiere dates. BEHIND THE SCENES"The Bold Type" actor Melora Hardin is set to make her television directorial debut with an episode of Season 4 of the Freeform drama, Variety has learned exclusively. The episode sees its protagonists stuck inside with friends and foes during a storm. As the weather worsens outside, the women have to think outsode of the...

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