Black-haired creator Kenya Barris appeared during Wednesday’s ViacomCBS streaming event to tease his first series for the company. It will be for Paramount +.
“In the first series I’ll be on, we’ll take a close look at contemporary relationships,” he said. “We will explore the intricate, ever-changing boundaries and sometimes racy dynamics that have shaped and redefined modern love.”
As Deadline reported late last year, Barris decided to prematurely end his large Netflix all-inclusive deal for a production company with ViacomCBS. The pact with ViacomCBS is still in progress.
“What interests me most in terms of content is telling stories from new perspectives and from fresh voices, stories that expand how we see ourselves on screen, who we see ourselves on screen and, above all, who is telling these stories behind Screen, ”said Barris at today’s presentation. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the ViacomCBS family.”
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Barris and his Khalabo Ink Society have the Peabody winner Black-ish on ABC, two successful spin-off series in Grown-ish (Freeform) and Mixed-ish (ABC) and another spin-off, Old-ish, in the works. On the features 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 based on Bob Marley’s songs, a remake of the classic sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump; and a film about comedic 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 current issues and issues, has expanded its influence to other genres of storytelling with several projects at various stages of development including a documentary on life and the career of pioneering civil rights attorney Ben Crump; and a full-length musical about Juneteenth starring Pharrell Williams.
On Netflix, Barris has #blackAF, which has been extended for a second season. He is also executive producer of the sketch comedy series Astronomy Club and the upcoming adult animated music series Entergalactic by Kid Cudi.
He will again be supervised by CAA, Artists First and Attorney Gregg Gellman.