Talks of producer Kenya Barris leaving ABC have been going on for a while now, but according to Deadline, things are getting official. Barris is reportedly exiting his deal with the network to partner up with streaming platform Netflix under a major deal. Despite leaving ABC, Barris is still expected to remain an executive producer of Black-ish, and spin-off series Grown-ish.
It’s a done deal — ABC Studios’ most prolific comedy creator Kenya Barris, is leaving his overall pact at the studio a little over a year into the four-year term. No one is confirming but I have learned that he is getting a rich pact at Netflix. Barris’ overall deal with ABC Studios will terminate in August. He will remain an executive producer on all of his shows, black-ish on ABC; grown-ish and the upcoming Besties on Freeform, and will continue to work on the ABC Studios projects he has in development.