Star film and TV actress Kerry Washington (pictured) is solidifying her relationship with ABC, the distributor of Scandal, the hit TV show that has made Washington’s character Olivia Pope a household name.
According to Variety.com, the 39-year-old Washington has inked a production deal with ABC, which will partner her newly minted television company Simpson Street with ABC in an overall business relationship. This new deal will give Washington a bigger role in expanding on her career as an entertainment executive behind the camera.
Earlier this month, the first tv project of Washington’s new deal came to fruition with the release of an HBO original movie called “Confirmation.” Washington played the role of Anita Hill in this film, which ABC partnered with HBO to create.
Deadline reported that renowned executive film producer Sharla Sumpton Bridgett will also play a key role in Washington’s new deal with ABC. Bridgett (who co-executive produced the film Coach Carter) will serve as the development executive and production partner at Simpson Street in this new venture.
“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. 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,” Washington wrote in a statement about her new ABC deal.
“I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling,” she continued.
ABC also had some favorable remarks to share about its opportunity to work with Washington as well.
“Kerry Washington is not only a great actress, but a smart, creative producer, and we’re thrilled to have her new production company Simpson Street as part of ABC Studios,” said Patrick Moran, Executive Vice-President at ABC studios.
We’re looking forward to making great television with Kerry both in front of and behind the camera,” Moran continued in his statement.
Washington will continue to star on Scandal (set to begin season number six) as she continues to make big strides in her fledgling career as a TV producer.