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John Ridley Joins Shonda Rhimes at ABC, Inking an Extended Development Deal w/ the Network

John Ridley Joins Shonda Rhimes at ABC, Inking an Extended Development Deal w/ the Network

John Ridley has inked an overall deal with ABC that will see the writer/director/producer develop new projects for the studio.

The Oscar-winning writer of “12 Years a Slave,” already has one new project set up at ABC – the upcoming crime drama “American Crime,” which will debut on the network next season due midseason — studio.

 made the announcement Tuesday during his time at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

“He’s an extraordinary showrunner,” ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said during his announcement of the deal last week.  

Ridely also has his Jimi Hendrix feature film (starring Andre Benjamin) on the horizon. XLrator Media (the film’s distribution company) has set a September 26, 2014 theatrical release.

Ridley joins Shonda Rhimes as another black showrunner on the ABC network.

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Comments

troublemaker

I wish he was doing a sci-fi series or a horror series rather than doing another crime series. He will get typecast just like Shonda Rhimes.

stp

From undercover brother to better things. Congrats John. Hopefully Steve Mcqueen won't be giving you the stink eye anymore lol! Solid!

Mike

Finally a Black male got the deal that Shonda Rhimes received. I say that because I don't count Tyler Perry in these deals. Tyler Perry is always off n his own world. Congratulations John Ridley on the deal! Can't wait to see AMERICAN CRIME!!!!

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