It looks like ABC has lost another one of its producers to Netflix as Kenya Barris has confirmed that he will be leaving the network. The ‘Black-ish’ and ‘Grown-ish’ creator has inked a deal with Netflix, following the departure of ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ and ‘Scandal’ producer Shonda Rhimes earlier this year.
Kenya will continue to serve as the executive producer for all of his shows, which include ‘Black-ish’ (ABC), ‘Grown-ish’ (Freeform), and the upcoming ‘Besties’ (Freeform), and will also continue working on his ABC Studios projects in development, despite being a little over a year into his four-year term.
In a statement regarding his departure, Barris says:
“I’m very grateful to Patrick Moran and his team at ABC Studios, who have supported me every step of the way as I created the worlds of black-ish, grown-ish, and now Besties. 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.”
According to Deadline, Barris would be the third top creator Netflix has lured away from traditional TV with a mega pact, following Shonda Rhimes, who also was at ABC Studios, and Ryan Murphy, who recently left 20th Century Fox TV.