'Black-ish' Creator Renews Overall Deal With ABC

Kenya Barris has inked a new four-year pact with ABC Studios and has multiple projects in the works with the network.
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Kenya Barris on the 'Black-ish' set

Kenya Barris is staying put at ABC Studios.

The Black-ish creator has renewed his overall deal with the studio behind the ABC comedy and inked a new four-year extension, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the new deal, Barris will continue to serve as showrunner on the critical darling as well as develop new projects for network, cable and streaming services.

Barris currently has three projects in the works at ABC this pilot season: the Black-ish spinoff Liberal Arts, starring Yara Shahidi; fellow comedy Libby and Malcolm, with Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance; and Toni Collette drama Unit Zero, which are all in contention for series pickups. News on all three should come in the next few weeks ahead of ABC's upfront presentation to ad buyers.

Black-ish, currently in its third season, is a slam dunk to be renewed for a fourth run. The series this year earned three Emmy nominations, two SAG noms and three Golden Globe noms, with leading lady Tracee Ellis Ross taking home the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy.

Barris earned a Humanitas Prize this year, and the show received a prestigious Peabody Award last year, among other accolades.

Barris is repped by CAA, Principato Young and Morris Yorn.

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