Kenya Barris Tapped for Producers Guild Visionary Award

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Megan Miller

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will receive the Producers Guild of America's Visionary Award at the guild's awards ceremony in January.

Barris joins past honorees Ava DuVernay; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner's Plan B Entertainment; Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri; Laura Ziskin; and Participant Media's Jeff Skoll in receiving the award.

"Kenya Barris is simply a fearless producer. Time and again, Kenya has stepped up to tackle the difficult conversations, from the ones we have as families at the kitchen table to the ones we have as colleagues in company boardrooms and network offices," said PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher. "These are challenging days for many of us, but Kenya's unique voice — honest, passionate and so very funny — has been one of our industry's strongest antidotes to ignorance and intolerance. We are gratified to recognize his inspiring work with the Visionary Award."

Barris, who in the summer signed a lucrative overall deal at Netflix, created Black-ish and its Freeform spinoff, Grown-ish. He also co-wrote the hit 2017 feature Girls Trip and co-created Freeform's upcoming series Besties. He's also developing a remake of Bewitched at ABC and ABC Studios, the last project he set up at his longtime home before departing for Netflix. 

The Visionary Award honors producers "for inspiring storytelling of unique and uplifting vision or quality to our culture." Barris will accept the award at the PGA's 30th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 19.