'Mixed-ish' Taps 20th TV's Karin Gist as Showrunner

This marks the first showrunner with an overall deal at 20th to join a series produced by new corporate sibling ABC Studios.
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'Mixed-ish' (Inset: Karen Gist)

The blurring of the lines between ABC Studios and its new Disney-owned corporate sibling 20th TV is officially beginning.

20th TV-based Karin Gist has been tapped to serve as showrunner on Mixed-ish, the Black-ish spinoff produced by ABC Studios. Gist is the first showrunner from the formerly Fox-owned studio to land a job overseeing a series at Disney.

Gist most recently served as showrunner on the past two seasons of 20th TV's since-canceled Empire spinoff, Star. Gist's hiring on tie Black-ish prequel series reunites her with executive producers Kenya Barris and Tracee Ellis Ross after the trio previously worked together on Girlfriends.

The Black-ish spinoff revolves around a young version of Ross' Rainbow Johnson (played by Arica Himmell) and is set in the 1980s as her parents move from a hippie commune to the suburbs. The single-camera comedy, written by Barris and Peter Saji, explores issues the mixed-race family faces. The project was poised to air as a back-door pilot in season five but is now being held for next season. Ellis will serve as the narrator on the series.

Gist's credits include writing the upcoming Sister Act 3, Grey's Anatomy, Revenge, House of Lies and five seasons of Girlfriends. She is repped by 3 Arts and McKuin Frankel.

Starting with the recently wrapped upfronts, the merged TV studios are now falling under the Disney Television Studios banner that comprises ABC Studios, 20th TV, Fox 21 and more.