Blackish Creator Kenya Barris appeared at the ViacomCBS streaming event on Wednesday to tease his first series for the company. It will be for Paramount +.
“The first series I will be involved in, we take a close look at contemporary relationships,” he said. “We will explore the complex and ever-changing boundaries and sometimes the racy dynamics that have shaped and redefined what modern love is.”
As Deadline reported late last year, Barris opted to end his big Netflix global deal early for a production company with ViacomCBS. The pact with ViacomCBS is still being finalized.
“For me, when it comes to content, what interests me most is telling stories from new perspectives and new voices, stories that expand the way we see ourselves on screen,” who we see ourselves on screen and most importantly tells those stories behind the screen, ”Barris said during today’s presentation. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the ViacomCBS family.”
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Barris and his Khalabo Ink Society won the Peabody Prize Blackish on ABC, two successful spinoff series Cultivated (Free form) and Mixed (ABC), as well as another spinoff in the works, Old enough. On the feature side, the company is in production on a reboot of the family comedy Cheaper by the dozen starring Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff, as well as several other high profile projects in the works, including an animated feature film based on the songs of Bob Marley, a remake of the classic sports comedy White men can’t jump, and a film about comic icon Richard Pryor that will mark Barris’ directorial debut. Additionally, the Khalabo Ink Society, which focuses on socially conscious storytelling that reflects our culture and addresses contemporary issues and themes, has extended its footprint to other genres of storytelling with several projects at different stages of development, including included a documentary on the life and career of revolutionary civil rights lawyer Ben Crump and a musical feature film on Juneteenth with Pharrell Williams.
At Netflix, Barris has #blackAF, which has been renewed for a second season. It also produces the Astronomy club sketch comedy series and the upcoming Kid Cudi adult animated music series Entergalactic.
He is replaced by CAA, Artists First and lawyer Gregg Gellman.