Netflix signs ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris in content push

REUTERS: Netflix Inc has signed a deal with American television producer and writer Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s comedy show "Black-ish", as the streaming giant diversifies its original content.

Emmy-nominated Barris will write and produce projects under his production company Khalabo Ink Society, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Show creator Barris accepts the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for "black-is

The multi-year agreement is valued at about US$100 million, Variety reported, citing a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

Netflix, which has a string of successful original U.S. shows such as "Orange is the New Black" and "Stranger Things", has budgeted US$8 billion for programming in 2018.

With the deal, Barris – who also co-created "America’s Next Top Model" – joins a list of TV-hitmakers that Netflix has struck deals with including "Grey’s Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes.

(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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