Yara Shahidi and her mother and business partner, Keri Shahidi, have signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. They will develop "develop and produce scripted and alternative television projects for cable, streaming and broadcast" through 7th Sun, their new production company.
"I'm thrilled to be partnering with my home family, ABC Studios, in this exciting next chapter, alongside my family. It’s exciting to add our production company to the roster of my peers and mentors who are also actively committed to sharing meaningful stories," said Shahidi in a statement.
“We can’t wait to extend and expand our relationship with the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who has been a member of the family since black-ish,” said ABC Studios President Jonnie Davis. “When she’s not studying at Harvard and starring in our series ‘grown-ish,’ she’s mentoring and inspiring other young people, which makes us all feel like underachievers but also very proud that she’s part of our Studio.”
Kenya Barris said, “Yara is a force. She is insanely talented, unreasonably smart and hardworking beyond compare,” said Kenya Barris. “I’ve called her ‘McMogul’ for years and seeing all that she has accomplished should come as no surprise to anyone that knows her. This deal is just the beginning for Yara, and I’m excited to see where she takes this next chapter and the storyteller she becomes.”
Shahidi leads the black-ish spinoff, grown-ish, which airs on Freeform. It was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year.