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‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris signs multiyear deal with ABC Studios

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Kenya Barris, creator and showrunner of ABC’s runaway hit sitcom “Black-ish,” has inked a new deal with the ABC Studios

The three-year deal will see Barris continue with his duties on his breakout hit show, as well as develop new projects for cable, network, and streaming services.

“We’re excited about being in business with Kenya for many years to come. His unique and hilarious point of view fits perfectly into the studio and network brand of smart, heartfelt storytelling,” said ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee.

“I’m psyched to be able to call ABC Studios, the place that made my dreams (and my show) come true, my home for the next few years, and hopefully many more,” Barris said via statement. “I can’t wait for Paul Lee to bring me my diamond-encrusted ABC medallion’d gold chain so I can proudly wear it to the Emmys.”

Black-ish” was a surprise success for ABC that ended up being the number one rated new comedy series for adults in the 18-49 range according to the Nielsen ratings. Drawing almost 9.5 million weekly viewers, the series is by far putting up the best numbers of any new ABC series to air behind the network’s flagship comedy “Modern Family.”

“Kenya brought us a breakout hit last fall in “Black-ish,” a show that drew raves from critics and viewers alike,” Patrick Moran, head of ABC Studios, added. “We’re excited that he’ll continue to be at the helm of that show, and about the projects he’ll be developing for us in the future.”

Before the success of “Black-ish,” Barris worked on a number of successful shows in various capacities including “America’s Next Top Model”, “Are We There Yet?,” and “The Game.”

Barris’ next big project will be as screenwriter for the feature film adaption of the classic ’70’s sitcom “Good Times.”

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