The saying goes “when one door closes another one opens” and that is exactly what happened to Kenya Barris. After parting ways with ABC years before scheduled, the producer has snagged a coveted $100 million deal with streaming giant Netflix.
Trouble in paradise between ABC and Kenya Barris started when they pulled an episode of “Black-ish” that dealt with the ongoing “take a knee” controversy. Allegedly, the network refused to air it due to comments about Donald Trump.
It seemed odd that ABC would try to silence that storyline considering “Black-ish” is known for dealing with current events. From racism to Black history and more, “Black-ish” has found a way to be informative while saying what everyone in is thinking while still sticking to the shows premise and keeping it comical.
It has won countless awards and continues to boast high ratings. The Freeform spin-off “Grown-ish” is another hit to the younger demographic.
Although he won’t be creating any new series for the Disney company, he will stay on the current projects he has going with them.
After is departure was announced, Kenya stated: “It has been an incredible ride including a Peabody and Golden Globe win, Emmy nominations, and many other accolades. But most importantly, they’ve allowed me to realize my dream of creating my own shows and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done together. No matter what, the studio has never wavered in their support of my creative vision. Leaving is bittersweet, but between my series on the air and projects currently in development, I know I’ll continue to work with ABC Studios for a long time.”
Now the creative is on to bigger and better things with a new 3-year, $100 million Netflix deal.
The Vice President of Original Content for Netflix released a statement to Variety that read: “Kenya Barris is one of our great modern storytellers. 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.”