"Black-ish" Creator Kenya Barris Lands Multimillion-Dollar Netflix Deal

In yet another win for Netflix, the streaming service has grabbed another talented writer and producer to create compelling work solely for their online, membership-based viewing pleasures. According to Vulture, the Black-ish creator and Girls Trip writer Kenya Barris has landed a multimillion-dollar deal that begins immediately. The exact figures have not been disclosed, but the agreement reads it is “a multi-year overall deal to produce new series exclusively at Netflix, starting today.”

Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes have also been grabbed by Netflix in the past, adding the list former linear TV elites heading for the streaming world. 

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s original content chief, issued a statement calling Kenya “one our great modern storytellers. Kenya uses his voice to make audiences more aware the world around them, while simultaneously making them laugh.”

“When my agents reached out to me about this little garage start-up called Netflix, I wasn’t sure what to think,” Kenya said in a statement his won. “But after I talked to Ted and Cindy, I started to believe that maybe this mom-and-pop shop with only 130 million subscribers might just be something … so I decided to take a swing … a leap faith if you will, and take a chance with the new kids on the block.”

Netflix & Ryan Murphy Strike Up $300 Million Deal

Ryan Murphy, the man behind some FX’s most popular program, and Netflix have struck up a deal together to generate original and adapted content with the streaming giant. The New York Times is reporting that the Murphy could potentially be earning $300 million, which is definitely one the largest deals between studio and showrunner in entertainment history. 

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Murphy will produce both television series and films including two titles that are already in production, the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest fan fiction Ratched, and The Politician, a political satire starring respected broadway star Ben Platt.

Netflix’s chief content ficer Ted Sarandos reveals that “Ryan Murphy’s series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course television history. His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or just to shock the hell out us, permeates his genre-shattering work.”

However, the shows that Murphy has established for FX, including American Horror StoryFeudAmerican Crime Story and 9-1-1 will remain on the network they originated from. 

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Murphy has been a bit ambivalent about working with FX after the company was purchased by Disney in December last year. Murphy’s work is typically transgressive in subject matter, covering a variety topics that veer beyond more mainstream narratives in terms subject matter and tone. The TV maestro reportedly said “the stuff I do is not Disney and I’m not interested in that and I’m concerned about that. ‘Am I going to have put Mickey Mouse in American Horror Story?’”