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Kerry Washington was the first black woman to headline a network TV drama in almost 40 years when Scandal premiered in 2012. And now, ABC is making sure Washington is truly a part of their family.

Washington has just signed a development deal with ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios to develop original content through Washington’s Simpson Street production company.

Washington’s company was named after the street her mother grew up in the Bronx, and it’s first success was HBO’s Confirmation.

“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. I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling,” Washington stated.

Washington’s deal with ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios is for two years.

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