Recently-Promoted 'Black-Ish' Co-Showrunner Kenny Smith Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios To Develop New Projects

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August 8th 2018

After Kenya Barris was released from his ABC Studios deal, Kenny Smith was promoted to co-showrunner for black-ish with Jonathan Groff with Barris remaining an exec producer (and most likely headed to Netflix).

Now, Smith has signed an overall deal with ABC, which is said to be valued at $4.5M and is set for three years. He'll develop projects for both ABC Studios and the cable and streaming-oriented ABC Signature Studios.

Smith was a co-executive producer during the third season of black-ish. He was also behind the short-lived Uncle Buck reboot at ABC, a showrunner and exec producer for The Game during its BET incarnation and a co-exec producer on NBC's Marlon. 

"We’re thrilled to sign Kenny to an overall deal at ABC Studios. Not only is he returning to the Black-ish fold for season five, but we’ll now have the opportunity to develop projects with him across all platforms,"  said Patrick Moran, ABC Studios president.

An official announcement about a Kenya Barris move to Netflix has not been released yet.

THR first reported this news.

by Shadow and Act on August 8th 2018
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