Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) signed a multi-year deal with ABC Signature. The studio produces the popular sitcom.
Joy Mill Entertainment, Ross production company, will be housed at the studio and “produce content across broadcast, cable, and streaming.
“I love sharing stories and using storytelling as a way to connect and celebrate humanity,” said Ross. “As an actor, I’ve had the joy of inhabiting nuanced and dynamic roles. As an executive producer, I am able to build stories, gather creatives and shape worlds as a way to illuminate different realities. This deal continues my journey as a storyteller and content creator. I am thrilled to finally be sharing the news and expanding this part of my artistry at my home studio, ABC Signature. Jonnie Davis, Tracy Underwood, and their team have been incredible collaborators, and I am eager to continue our shared journey.”
Ross is also the “executive producer, narrator, and co-creator of the prequel series “Mixed-ish,” also available on ABC. The actress is nominated for her fourth Emmy Award for her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish.
“Tracee is a beloved member of the ABC Signature family and, as everyone knows, has brought so much to our ‘ish’ universe,” said Davis. “We also love and admire Tracee’s passion for storytelling and developing projects, so we’re thrilled that Joy Mill Entertainment will be housed at our studio. We’re already incredibly excited by the projects she’s bringing to us in this new role.”
Adriana Ambriz, who oversaw development for shows such as “Tales,” “Street Dreams: The Story of Nas,” and “Mandela,” joins Joy Mill Entertainment as “head of development.”
Ross is also an entrepreneur with her haircare company Pattern, created to “bring curly, coily, and tight hair textures to life, to empower others to gain a loving relationship with their hair and to celebrate it for what it is: magic.”