In life, you never forget when someone or a company does you wrong.
When ABC sacked a Black-ish episode surrounding the Colin Kaepernick‘s NFL protests, it created a riff in what was a prosperous and groundbreaking relationship between the major TV network, the show and African-American storyteller Kenya Barris, who is considered one of the best film and TV comedy writers in the game.
In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the rift between Barris & ABC has grown so much recently, he’s aggressively working to get out of his current deal, and head over to greener Netflix pastures.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 4, 2018
Since first signing with the Disney-owned studio in 2015, Barris has become its top comedy writer-producer with several TV projects in the mix. It would be a major loss for ABC.
Between the success of Black-ish, it’s spin-off Grown-ish, and Girls Trip, Barris is an incredibly in-demand commodity, both as a writer and producer. It would be a big get for Netflix if this deal happens and a huge loss for ABC, losing its biggest comedy writer and producer just months after the departure of their biggest drama producer in Shonda Rhimes.