Kerry Washington is a boss on and off the screen, so it’s no surprise she’s inked a major studio deal. The Scandal star has landed an overall deal with ABC Studios for her recently launched production company, Simpson Street.
According to Deadline, under the two-year agreement, Simpson Street — named after the street where Washington’s mom grew up in the Bronx — will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.
Washington also recruited executive producer Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as part of the deal. Simpson Street’s first project, which preceded the overall deal, was the Anita Hill’s HBO movie Confirmation, which the company produced with ABC Signature as well as Groundswell Productions and HBO Films.
The movie, in which Washington starred alongside Greg Kinnear and Wendell Pierce, premiered this month to strong reviews.
“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table, which makes starting this production company thrilling for me,” Washington said. “It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary and truly reflect the world around us. I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”
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