MONOPOLY: Kenya Barris is making the leap from content creation to content ownership. Plump comedy writer behind black The comedy franchise is having serious conversations with ViacomCBS about a new project, the sources said. I heard that the negotiations focused on forming a studio together, in which Barris will be the equity partner. At ViacomCBS, the venture will be overseen by BET Networks Chairman Scott Mills and David Nevins, CBS Creative Director & President & CEO of Showtime Networks, I am aware of the portfolio that includes BET.
Barris is in the midst of a massive overall deal at Netflix. According to sources, the streamer is considering leaving Barris out of his deal to pursue the great opportunity of co-owning a studio. Representatives for Netflix and ViacomCBS declined to comment.
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The deal with ViacomCBS will allow Barris to join the ranks of elite entertainment tycoons. ViacomCBS also has a joint venture with Tyler Perry, who has ownership in the BET + streaming platform. (Additionally, BET is BET + which is a licensing program produced by Tyler Perry Studios.)
Barris is the creator / executive producer of the acclaimed ABC comedy series blackhas gone beyond entertainment to lead national conversation on important topics. He is also co-creator / executive producer of the spinoff series grown and mixture and the creator / executive producer of the proposed third subsection, old, currently operating at ABC.
Under its Netflix deal, Kenya created, ran the production and starred in the comedy series #blackAF, has been extended for the second season. Through his Khalabo Ink Association, Barris also runs production Astronomy Club The sketch comedy series and the adult musical animated series Kid Cudi are coming soon Entertainment galaxy.
In terms of feature films, Barris is writing and directing a film about famous comedian Richard Pryor, which has just landed by MGM after a heated auction. His credits are also included Girl’s ride, Shaft and The witches.
Barris was represented by the CAA, Artists First, and attorney Gregg Gellman.