Tracee Ellis Ross signs overall deal with ABC Signature

'I am thrilled to finally be sharing the news and expanding this part of my artistry at my home studio.'


Tracee Ellis Ross has inked an overall deal at ABC Signature, formerly ABC Studios, that will see her develop and produce content under her company, Joy Mill Entertainment.

The “Black-ish” star says she will “build stories, gather creatives and shape worlds” under the multi-year deal, via her company that will be housed at the Disney Television Studios, THR reports.

ABC Signature, which Ross calls “my home studio,” produces the “Black-ish” franchise, including “Grown-ish” (which airs on Freeform), “Mixed-ish,” and the recently announced “Old-ish,” which will center on Laurence Fishburne’s and Jenifer Lewis’ characters. Series creator Kenya Barris, who left ABC in 2018 for an eight-figure deal at the streaming giant Netflix, will pen its script, theGRIO previously reported.

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“Mixed-ish,” a prequel to “Black-ish,” is set in the 1980s and explores the childhood of Tracee Ellis Ross’ biracial character, Rainbow. The show was recently granted a second season.

“I love sharing stories and using storytelling as a way to connect and celebrate humanity,” Ross said. “As an actor, I’ve had the joy of inhabiting nuanced and dynamic roles. As an executive producer, I am able to build stories, gather creatives and shape worlds as a way to illuminate different realities.”

Davis, president of ABC Signature, said of Ross’ new deal with the studio,  “Tracee is a beloved member of the ABC Signature family and, as everyone knows, has brought so much to our -ish universe. We also love and admire Tracee’s passion for storytelling and developing projects, so we’re thrilled that Joy Mill Entertainment will be housed at our studio. We’re already incredibly excited by the projects she’s bringing to us in this new role.”

Former One Community and BET executive Adriana Ambriz has been tapped to serve as head of development at Joy Mill Entertainment, according to the report.

“This deal continues my journey as a storyteller and content creator,” Ross continued. “I am thrilled to finally be sharing the news and expanding this part of my artistry at my home studio, ABC Signature. Jonnie Davis, Tracy Underwood, and their team have been incredible collaborators, and I am eager to continue our shared journey.”

Black-ish is set to return to ABC for a seventh season with two election-themed specials.

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