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 https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/netflix-makes-overall-series-deal-with-kenya-barris on Thursday.
The multi-year agreement is valued at about US$100 million, Variety https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/kenya-barris-100-million-netflix-deal-1202907726 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)