Yara Shahidi, Now a Major Producer, Signs a Massive Deal with ABC

Erica Gonzales
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios through her new production company, 7th Sun.

  • She will "develop and produce scripted and alternative television projects for cable," Deadline reported.

Yara Shahidi is making moves. The actress, who plays Zoey Johnson on Black-ish and Grown-ish, is now in producer mode thanks to the new deal she struck with ABC, the studio behind her two successful sitcoms.

Through her newly launched production company, 7th Sun, which she runs with her mother Keri Shahidi, Yara will work with ABC to "develop and produce scripted and alternative television projects for cable," per Deadline.

Twenty-year-old Shahidi, a vocal activist and champion for racial justice, aims to focus on stories from underrepresented communities and "projects that touch upon themes of history, heritage, culture, and joy," 7th Sun said in a statement.

It seems like Shahidi already has some ideas up her sleeve. Celebrating the news on Instagram yesterday, she wrote, "The vision is set. The slate is built. Grateful to my ABC family & excited to join the television landscape to collaborate and push forward the stories of our many intersections." She also credited Black-ish creator Kenya Barris for "paving the way."

"I've called her 'McMogul' for years and seeing all that she has accomplished should come as no surprise to anyone that knows her," Barris said of Shahidi to Deadline. "This deal is just the beginning for Yara, and I’m excited to see where she takes this next chapter and the storyteller she becomes."

We're excited too.

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