ABC Comedy Chief Jamila Hunter Exits for Kenya Barris' Khalabo Ink

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Jamila Hunter, ABC's head of comedy development, is leaving the network for a key post at Black-ish creator Kenya Barris' production company.

Hunter will become president of television at Khalabo Ink Society. Barris left ABC Studios — where he had three years left on an overall deal — in August to sign a three-year, high eight-figure pact with Netflix.

Hunter has been senior vp comedy at ABC since 2016, having joined the network as vp comedy in 2011. During her tenure, she oversaw Black-ish and worked on shows including Fresh Off the Boat, Last Man Standing and The Real O'Neals. Hunter added multiplatform development to her portfolio in 2015.

"Jamila has always understood my vision as a storyteller — that was evident when she bought Black-ish in the room five years ago," Barris said Thursday in a statement. "She's continued to be a champion of the work every day since that meeting, and I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to reunite with her in this chapter of Khalabo Ink Society. I consider her not only a personal friend, but a professional ally and someone I truly believe has one of the greatest taste meters in town."

Prior to her time at ABC, Hunter was among the creative team that helped launch OWN and held posts at NBC and 20th Century Fox TV as well as Bravo, where as vp development and production she helped rebrand the channel and launch shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Project Runway.

Hunter's departure from ABC comes as the Disney subsidiary is undergoing an executive shake-up as Disney absorbs 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets. Former Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden will serve as chair of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment, with current ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey reporting to her. Walden, in turn, will report to her former Fox boss Peter Rice, now chairman of Walt Disney Television and co-chair of Disney Media Networks.

Hunter is repped by attorney Jeanne Newman. Barris is repped by Artists First, CAA and attorney Gregg Gellman.

Variety was the first to report Hunter's departure from ABC.