Creator Of The Year Television: Kenya Barris
ADWEEK|October 15, 2018

After shaking up television with hit shows Black-ish and spinoff Grown-ish, hes left broadcast for a lucrative deal to do it all over againthis time on Netflix.

Jason Lynch

SOME TELEVISION creators depend on large doses of caffeine, sugar or pharmaceuticals to help them do their jobs. Kenya Barris takes a different approach. “I’m one of those guys who is fueled by my fear,” says Barris, who created ABC’s Black-ish and its hit spinoff, Freeform’s Grown-ish. He is going to have plenty of that fuel to draw on, now that he has departed longtime home ABC Studios and signed a lucrative new deal with Netflix, which could be worth as much as $100 million. “It’s very daunting,” Barris says. “The notion of leaving somewhere that I was really comfortable and going somewhere that puts this much trust in me makes me feel like … I want to be really successful.”

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