Kenya Barris

Kenya Barris.

Kenya Barris

Writer, Producer at Khalabo Ink Society

Kenya Barris
By December 9, 2020 8:50 AM

The Black-ish creator has managed to successfully launch a franchise from his hit ABC sitcom. The seven-season comedy spawned Freeform’s Grown-ish, which was renewed for a fourth season in January, and ABC’s Mixed-ish, which was renewed for a second season in May: brand power in full effect.

Though Barris’s $100 million Netflix deal didn’t work out as well as both sides hoped (Barris is looking to make an exit), it also looks like the creator is set for the next stage of his career. In October, it was reported that he was negotiating a deal with ViacomCBS to jointly launch a studio, in which he would be an equity partner. The prolific comedy creator shifting into content ownership is a power move rarely seen in Hollywood. This would launch him into the entertainment mogul ranks alongside the likes of Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey.

As if all that weren’t enough, Barris also wrote the scripts for HBO Max’s The Witches and Amazon Prime Video’s Coming 2 America.

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