Netflix has inked an overall deal with black-ish creator Kenya Barris.
The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated writer and producer has entered into a multi-year deal to produce new series exclusively at Netflix. Under the deal, Barris will write and executive produce all projects through his production company, Khalabo Ink Society.
As the creator of the hit, Peabody award-winning comedy series black-ish, along with its successful spin-off Grown-ish, and the writer of last summer’s comedy blockbuster Girls Trip, Netflix has praised Barris for continually demonstrating his ability to tell stories about the Black experience that resonate with all audiences. With an innate sense for what is funny, truthful and timely, Barris’ agreement will see him continue to create stories that reflect culture through a youth focused lens.
“Kenya Barris is one of our great modern storytellers,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content at Netflix. “Kenya uses his voice to make audiences more aware of the world around them, while simultaneously making them laugh. His honesty, comedic brilliance and singular point of view, combined with the creative freedom he will enjoy at Netflix, promises to create powerful new stories for all our members around the world.”
“When my agents reached out to me about this little garage start-up called Netflix, I wasn’t sure what to think,” adds Barris. “But after I talked to Ted and Cindy, I started to believe that maybe this mom-and-pop shop with only 130 million subscribers might just be something… so I decided to take a swing… a leap of faith if you will, and take a chance with the new kids on the block.”