Sunday, October 24, 2021

Kerry Washington Inks Overall Deal with ABC Studios; Launches Simpson Street Production Co.

Actress Kerry Washington poses during TimesTalks Presents: Kerry Washington And Anita Hill "Confirmation" at The Times Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City.
Actress Kerry Washington poses during TimesTalks Presents: Kerry Washington And Anita Hill “Confirmation” at The Times Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City.

*Kerry Washington now has a seat at the table at ABC.

The star of “Scandal” has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios and its cable/digital division ABC Signature Studios, for her recently launched production company Simpson Street – named after the address where Washington’s mother grew up in the Bronx.

Under the two-year pact, Simpson Street will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature, according to Deadline.

“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.”

HBO’s “Confirmation” was Simpson Street’s first project, which preceded the overall deal. The Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas film was produced with ABC Signature as well as Groundswell Productions and HBO Films.

Sharla Sumpter Bridgett
Sharla Sumpter Bridgett

As part of the deal, Washington has brought in Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as development executive/producing partner at Simpson Street.

Sumpter Bridgett served as partner and president of production at Brian Robbins’ Varsity Pictures and president of film at Tollin/Robbins Productions. She and Washington worked together on the 2012 DreamWorks movie A Thousand Words, in which Washington starred opposite Eddie Murphy, and Sumpter Bridgett produced alongside Robbins. Most recently, Sumpter Bridgett consulted for Nickelodeon on the launch of the network’s experimental new media division Creative Lab.

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  1. I am extremely happy for Kerry Washington….She appears to be a very savvy businesswoman….I watched “Confirmation” and thought that it was tastefully done and cannot wait to see what other projects she will develop for us to see…And, I believe that she is going to be another female powerhouse; the best is yet to come for her…I wish her continued success: personally and professionally…God Bless!!

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