PGA Honors Kenya Barris with 2019 Visionary Award


The Producers Guild of America has selected Kenya Barris as the recipient of the 2019 Visionary Award.

PGA announced the news on Thursday afternoon, stating that Barris is “a trailblazing storyteller whose work has advanced and expanded the representation of diverse perspectives within mainstream media.”

Kenya Barris is best known as the creator of the hit ABC series “Black-ish,” which has earned several Emmy Award nominations over its five seasons. He also created a spin-off series, “Grown-ish,” which airs on Freeform. Last year, Barris wrote the hit comedy “Girls Trip,” and signed a significant deal with Netflix.

The official press release from PGA states:

Barris has earned praise for honest portrayals of the Black experience that have not only resonated with a broad spectrum of audiences but have continually served as a catalyst for conversations around an array of timely topics. Through his work, Barris has fearlessly tackled difficult social issues, poignantly reflected our culture, and unified audiences through powerful stories that highlight our shared humanity.

PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher went on to say:

Kenya Barris is simply a fearless producer. Time and again, Kenya has stepped up to tackle the difficult conversations, from the ones we have as families at the kitchen table to the ones we have as colleagues in company boardrooms and network offices. These are challenging days for many of us, but Kenya’s unique voice—honest, passionate and so very funny—has been one of our industry’s strongest antidotes to ignorance and intolerance.  We are gratified to recognize his inspiring work with the Visionary Award.

Previous recipients include Ava DuVernay and Plan B Entertainment founders Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeff Kleiner.

Kenya Barris will accept the Visionary Award at the PGA Awards Ceremony on January 19 in Los Angeles.