4:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Black-ish' Duo Ink Overall Deals With ABC Studios
ABC Studios is locking in two of the producers behind Black-ish.
Courtney Lilly and Peter Saji, who both serve as co-executive producers on the single-camera comedy, have inked overall deals at the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The deals come ahead of Black-ish's season four launch on Oct. 3. The two joins Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, who signed a new rich four-year overall deal with the studio in May. Black-ish is about to launch a college-set spinoff titled Grown-ish on Freeform that also hails from ABC and exec producer Barris.
Other producers with overalls at the studio include Carlton Cuse, Ryan Seacrest, Reese Witherspoon and Chicago P.D. co-creator Matt Olmstead, among others. ABC Studios is rebuilding its slate of writer-producers after losing Shonda Rhimes to Netflix in August.
Lilly's previous credits include Undateable, The Cleveland Show, Everybody Hates Chris and Arrested Development. He is repped by UTA and The Shuman Company.
Saji has been with Black-ish since its 2014 launch and logged four seasons on the ABC Studios comedy Cougar Town before that. He got his start at ABC in the Disney/ABC writing program designed to identify and nurture young writers. He is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.