Yara Shahidi inked an overall deal with ABC Studios to develop content for the network and its cable and streaming outlets. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the business deal coincides with the launch of the Grown-ish star’s production company, 7th Sun, with her mother and business partner, Keri Shahidi.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with my home family, ABC Studios, in this exciting next chapter, alongside my family,” Shahidi said in a statement on Monday (July 20). “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.”
Shahidi added in a tweet that she’s “exited to join the television landscape to collaborate and push forward the stories of our many intersections.”
Per THR, the production company will center around projects on history, culture, joy, and heritage, as well as amplifying diverse voices.
Besides starring in the Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish, the 20-year-old actress is an executive producer on the Freeform show. Series creator Kenya Barris called Shahidi an “insanely talented” force.
“Seeing all that she has accomplished should come as no surprise to anyone that knows her,” said Barris. “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.”