The & # 39; Black-ish & # 39; author and & # 39 ;; Girls Trip & # 39; -Author had become dissatisfied with the studio affiliated with the show and, according to the sources, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy could join the streaming giants with a nine-figure deal.
It's official: Black-ish Showrunner and Girls Trip Writer Kenya Barris leaves his longtime home at ABC Studios as sources, he could become the next mega-producer a total of nine figures Deal with Netflix
Barris & # 39; Deal with ABC Studios will end in August as he and the studio have now negotiated his exit. Netflix meanwhile rejected a possible deal with the prolific author and producer.
"I am very grateful to Patrick Moran and his team from ABC Studios, who have assisted me in creating the worlds of Black-ish Grown-ish at every step and now Besties It was an incredible ride with a Peabody and Golden Globe Award, Emmy nominations and many other accolades, but above all, they've allowed me to make my dream come true, to make my own shows, and I am so proud of the work we've done together, "said Barris on Friday." No matter what, the studio has never wavered in its support of my creative vision. "The abandonment is bittersweet, but I know that I'm in between my shows The air and projects currently under development will continue to work with ABC Studios. "
Barris & # 39; likely move to Netflix is the prolific showrunner exclusively reported by THR had been trying since 201
Barris is a logical consequence for Netflix, who is looking for the Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has named a "rare creator class" that can deliver both critical and commercially successful hits. Barris has demonstrated the ability to deliver on both the film and TV sides. Also interesting for the streaming service, which wants to satisfy its 117 million subscribers: productive content producers. Barris again provided a show and a supporting role (Freeform Grown-ish ), while also developing himself aggressively on television and in film.
The deal with Netflix follows a series of tough breaks on ABC. In March, for example, it tore a politically motivated episode of Black-ish for creative differences between the network and Barris. At the time, ABC called the decision to scrap a mutual between the network and Barris, though sources say otherwise. The episode was ready to show star Anthony Anderson's Dre, which conveys his concerns about the country's current state to his son. "Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and agreed not to distribute it," Barris said at the time. " Black-ish is a show that has spoken to all sorts of people and brought them closer as a community and I'm so proud of the show."
Since the first signing with the Disney Barris since 2015 is his own studio. In addition to Black-ish he has developed several projects for the network but has only landed a serial pickup: Spinoff Grown-ish originally developed for ABC but too young distorted, sources said and was moved to cable sibling Freeform (where it was redone for an oversized second season). Grown-ish was one of three projects that Barris developed for ABC in 2017. Politically designed family comedy Libby and Malcolm starring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance with a screenplay by Barris as a forerunner to go into series, as there are two politically divided experts who fall in love, but ABC has passed. The network also went on to Toni Collette's CIA drama Unit Zero, a passion project for Barris who described it as the "kind of drama television that I love doing." It pulls back the curtain as it is Being a woman in a historically male-dominated area, it shows under-represented voices. "It did not go well either.
In this season, ABC issued a direct series order for a family comedy that Barris co-wrote with Alec Baldwin to executive producers and potential stars. Baldwin eventually left the multi-camera comedy after reading the script, and the sequence of the series was downgraded to pilot, before finally being rolled out of the cycle after he had thrown a new lead in Baldwin's caliber. (Sources say the project will never see the light of day.) Meanwhile, Barris-produced single-camera comedy Bright Futures landed in another network – NBC – with a late-season pilot, but it was  Meanwhile, Barris already has projects on Netflix, including a feature film reboot of Shaft where New Line produces the script written by Barris. He also joins writing a script for a sequel to Eddie Murphy's Coming to America. These two projects follow the outbreak of Girls Trip which grossed more than $ 140 million worldwide with a budget of $ 19 million. (Barris, it should be noted, has a film deal with Fox, though it's unclear when that will expire.)
Barris, should his Netflix pact close, will join Rhimes ( Scandal, Gray & # 39; ; s Anatomy ) and Ryan Murphy ( Glee, American Crime Story ) with nine-digit deals on the streaming service. Rhimes and Murphy each left their long-term homes at ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television and helped spark a war for broadcast, cable and streaming talent. It's also worth noting that ABC Studios left Rhimes out of their deal to sign with Netflix as they stayed with the company for another year. Barris & # 39; Exit now leaves ABC Studios without its best comedy and drama producers.
Other producers rumored to target Netflix are Modern Family co-founder Steve Levitan, Family Guy & # 39; Seth MacFarlane & Shameless & # 39; ; John Wells.
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