John Ridley and his production arm, International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation, have extended their overall deal with ABC Studios for an additional three years. The pact also includes a feature first-look arrangement with Disney and its related entities for any feature film project that Ridley develops and/or writes during the term.
As part of the deal, Ridley will expand his company in the coming months with the hiring of a dedicated development executive.
The announcement comes just hours ahead of tonight’s second season premiere of Ridley’s Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated drama series American Crime.
In Season 2, issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy are posted on social media following a school party. Circumstances become more complicated when the boy accuses two players on an elite private high school’s championship basketball team of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online. Season 1 stars Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, and Lili Taylor return for the sophomore run.
In addition, Ridley’s pilot Presence for ABC Studios begins production next week in Los Angeles. Ridley won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for 12 Years A Slave.
“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with John, who brought us a show we’re so proud of in American Crime,” said Patrick Moran, EVP, ABC Studios. “We’re very much looking forward to future collaborations with him and his team.”
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