Word on the street is that creator Kenya Barris may be headed to Netflix in the near future. In a report shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Barris appears to be looking for a way out of his pact-deal with ABC Studios. As you should know, ABC has been the home of Barris’s hit series Black-Ish, but after alleged tension behind the scenes, he is looking for a new home. The report would go on to describe Barris’s talk with Netflix as “Very real”.
Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Black-ish creator and Girls Trip writer is actively trying to get out of his overall deal with ABC Studios, his creative home since 2015. Barris, who earned a Peabody and two best comedy Emmy nominations for his ABC show, has three years remaining on the lucrative four-year deal he signed in 2017. Those same sources say that Barris is in preliminary talks to join Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy with a mega-deal with Netflix. “Talks are very real,” says a source of Barris’ potential move to the streaming giant. ABC Studios and Netflix declined to comment; calls and emails to CAA and Principato-Young, who rep Barris, were not returned.