The creative mind behind the shows black-ish and grown-ish, Kenya Barris, is leaving ABC. Despite having more than two years left on his contract, Barris will be taking his talents to Netflix as the streaming giant continues to acquire major talent for future projects. He will remain executive producer of his hit shows as his co-showrunners take the reins. Barris will be leaving ABC in August.
One reason for Barris' early exit from ABC may stem from already existing controversy between Barris and his former studio over some of the show's story lines. This is especially true of an episode about the current state of the country that the network pulled over “creative differences.”
Barris isn't the first major creator to leave ABC for Netflix. Last year, Shonda Rhimes, the mind behind Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder among others, announced her departure from ABC to join the land of streaming.