Larry Wilmore Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Reid Nakamura
The Wrap
Larry Wilmore Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Larry Wilmore has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios, TheWrap has learned.

The “black-ish” executive producer has signed a multi-year deal to develop new projects for the production company, oversee others and work with ABC Studios to target new talent.

Wilmore’s new deal comes just months after Comedy Central axed the comedian’s “The Nightly Show.” Wilmore had previously stepped down as showrunner on “black-ish,” which he developed with creator Kenya Barris, to host the late-night show.

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“I’m excited beyond words to be back at ABC and look forward to this creative partnership. Disney took a chance on me as a young writer years ago and so I’m thrilled to return to the Mouse House. I hope my room still looks the same,” Wilmore said in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Larry Wilmore back to ABC Studios. We worked closely with Larry while we were developing Black-ish and are looking forward to what’s coming next from this incredibly talented writer-producer,” said ABC Studios President Patrick Moran.

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In addition to “black-ish,” Wilmore also co-created the HBO comedy “Insecure” with star Issa Rae. His previous credits as creator include “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The PJs.”

Wilmore is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Tom Hoberman of Hansen Jacobson.

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