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Kenya Barris, ‘Black-ish’ Creator, Signs Overall Deal With ABC

Three-year pact follows successful launch of family sitcom

“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The three-year pact will see Barris continue as the executive producer of the family sitcom, in addition to developing new series and projects for network, cable and streaming.

The series stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as affluent African-Americans who try to maintain their cultural identity in their predominantly white community. Anderson was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show is loosely based on Barris’ own life.

Barris previously worked as a writer and producer on the BET series “The Game” and also co-developed the popular modeling competition series “America’s Next Top Model.” He will also co-write the screenplay for “Barbershop 3,” the latest entry in the comedy franchise created by and starring Ice Cube.

Barris and his “Barbershop 3” collaborator Tracy Oliver are also co-writing the screenplay for Universal’s untitled Girl’s Trip project.

Barris is represented by CAA, Principato Young and attorney Gregg Gellman.