*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.
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.