Executive Producer & Co-Showrunner
As a writer, Kenya Barris is known for his quick wit and unabashed sense of humor. He started out as a writer in 1998 and has worked on several television shows, including CBS’s “Listen Up,” The CW’s “The Game” and “Girlfriends,” and Fox’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.” He has also sold a number of pilots, including “America’s Next Top Model,” which he co-created and is currently shown in 49 countries with 21 internationally-formatted offshoots, as well as BET’s “The Start Up,” starring Diggy Simmons, and “We Got Next,” Hulu’s first half-hour comedy series. Kenya Barris is under an overall deal at ABC Studios where he’s the Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner on “black-ish” as well as the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of an upcoming hour-long series “Unit Zero” staring Toni Collette and a half-hour series “Libby & Malcolm” staring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B Vance. He’s also under an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Film where he’s developing several projects including “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Cheaper By the Dozen,” and “Stir Crazy.”
Kenya will be receiving the Comedy Writer of the Year award at the Just for Laughs Awards Show.