Former 'Black-ish' Showrunner Trades Whole TV Deal With Universal TV From ABC Signature
Kenny Smith, the former Black-ish showrunner, has found a new studio home.
Smith has signed an overall agreement with Universal Studio Groups Universal TV. The comedian, who recently joined NBCs Kenan as co-showrunner, will develop and produce projects across all platforms at the studio.
Kenny is one of the most hilarious, collaborative, and talented storytellers we know, so were thrilled to welcome him back to the UTV family, says Jim Donnelly, executive vice president of comedy development at Universal TV. He elevates every project that he is a part of, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with him during such an exciting period in our firm. We fully intend to utilize each of his numerous talents as we enter the future.
Smith is coming off an ABC Signature overall deal signed during his time on Black-ish, where he served as co-showrunner with Jonathan Groff. He has a long history with Universal, having worked as he has as writer and producer on the studios sitcoms Marlon and Uncle Buck (the latter was also produced by ABC Signature).
The overall deal may be new, but Ive worked with UTV many times over the years. Pearlena [Igbokwe], Erin [Underhill], Jim, and the rest of the team have each provided something that you hoped for but which is sometimes difficult to come by," said Smith. They provide you with the kind of support that helps you maintain your voice and vision for each project. So, now that I've decided to expand into a variety of storytelling mediums, UTV has shown an extraordinary faith in me as aspiring writer, producer, and director. Its many thanks from me.
Smith began his career on The Jamie Foxx Show; his credits include The Game and One on One. He is repped by APA and Hansen Jacobson.