“I Want to Do In-Your-Face S***”: Kenya Barris on Why He Left His $100M Netflix Deal to Launch BET Studios

“I Want to Do In-Your-Face S***”: Kenya Barris on Why He Left His $100M Netflix Deal to Launch BET Studios
On an otherwise quiet Friday in October, Kenya Barris watched as his name hurtled through the headlines.

The stories weren’t about a new project he was writing or directing, though there were plenty of those; instead, the creative force behind Black-ish, #blackAF and Girls Trip was eyeing an exit from Netflix — the first of the streamer’s nine-figure producers to depart, and only halfway through his multiyear deal. His next act, per the flurry of reports, would be a stake in some sort of studio venture with ViacomCBS. The details were still spotty, accelerating the gossip mill and leaving many in Hollywood wondering: ...
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