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Tyra Banks has signed a first look deal with ABC Signature.
Under the pact, the host will make new scripted and unscripted content for the outfit, which is a division of Disney Television Studios, via her production company Bankable Productions. The news comes on the heels of Banks signing on as the host and executive producer of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars following Tom Bergeron’s exit.
Made up of an all-female team, Banks’ company has developed a slate of original ideas and existing IP in the scripted comedy and drama space, in addition to unscripted content. Hayley Lozitsky, executive vp of Bankable Productions, and Sabrina Besla, director of development and an in-house writer for the company, will work alongside Banks under the deal.
“Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Inglewood, California, I’ve been enamored by the magic of Disney. Joining the family at ABC feels like a homecoming of sorts,” says Banks. “Karey Burke, Rob Mills, Jonnie Davis and their teams are visionary leaders. My Bankable team and I are pumped to create dynamic, can’t-miss programming that is loud, splashy and spans to international shores. From dramas and docu-series to comedies and cartoons, we’re coming to your screens with a mission to entertain you and your families in the most unexpected ways.”
“Tyra’s fierce and undeniable passion has not only made her one of the biggest stars to date, it has created an incredible connection with female audiences across multiple generations,” says ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. “We are so excited to welcome Bankable into the family and are looking forward to collaborating with Tyra and her all-star, female-led team.”
Banks is repped by UTA and John Meigs at Hansen Jacobson.
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