Kenya Barris
Mamadi Doumbouya
United States
2021

Khalabo Ink Society, BET Studios

Kenya
Barris

The creator/showrunner of ABC’s comedy franchise “Black-ish” has seen a whirlwind of activity via his Khalabo Ink Society prodco. He made headlines in October 2020 for leaving Netflix after two years with the streamer after edgy comedy “#blackAF” did not meet the same reception as “Black-ish” or its spinoffs “Grown-ish” at Freeform and ABC’s “Mixed-ish.” In September 2021, he unveiled a deal with ViacomCBS to launch the BET Studios content production venture in partnership with “Parks and Recreation” star Rashida Jones and writer-producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas. Barris is also launching a music label through Interscope Records, and Khalabo Ink in June set a podcast production pact with Amazon’s Audible. Barris is also attached to write and direct a Richard Pryor biopic for MGM, in addition to his directorial debut, co-written by and starring Jonah Hill alongside Eddie Murphy, which is currently filming.

Career

  • GIRLS TRIP
  • BLACK-ISH
  • GROWN-ISH

Education

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
  • Inclusion Impact
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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