Yara Shahidi Signs Deal W/ ABC Studios, Launches Production Company 7th Sun W/ Her Mother
Young Actress Yara Shahidi,20, is continuing to make moves in Hollywood. The Grown-ish star has just signed an overall deal with ABC studios. In partnership with the company, Yara Shahidi and her mother/business partner Keri Shahidi will be developing scripted and unscripted projects through their newly formed production company, 7th Sun.
Yara Shahidi shared her excitement through an official statement,
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with my home family, ABC Studios, in this exciting next chapter, alongside my family. It’s exciting to add our production company to the roster of my peers and mentors who are also actively committed to sharing meaningful stories.”
Yara Shahidi has been with ABC Studios since the premiere of Black-ish (2014), a series that follows an upper-middle class family as they attempt to juggle multiple personal and sociopolitical issues. Yara stars as the family’s eldest child, Zoey Johnson.
On the new overall deal signed with Yara, ABC Studios president Jonnie Davis stated:
“We can’t wait to extend and expand our relationship with the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who has been a member of the family since Black-ish. When she’s not studying at Harvard and starring in our series Grown-ish, she’s mentoring and inspiring other young people, which makes us all feel like underachievers but also very proud that she’s part of our studio.”
Due to the success of the show, Yara was given the opportunity to star in Grown-ish (2018), a spin-off to Black-ish, which follows Zoey Johnson as she leaves home and begins life as a college student. The talented actress was recently promoted to executive producer of the hit series.
The series creator, Kenya Barris also shared her excitement for Yara’s forthcoming ventures.
“Yara is a force. She is insanely talented, unreasonably smart and hardworking beyond compare. I’ve called her ‘McMogul’ for years, and seeing all that she has accomplished should come as no surprise to anyone that knows her. 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.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yara and her mother Keri Shahidi will look to develop stories that will focus on
“themes of history, heritage, culture and joy, and that elevate underrepresented voices.”
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