Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry, executive producer on Freeform’s breakout comedy series Grown-ish, has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios whose cable/streaming division, ABC Signature, produces the Black-ish spinoff.
Under the pact, she will be developing new series projects while continuing her duties on Grown-ish. For one of her first pieces of development, Henry is teaming with her mother, veteran TV writer-producer Al Sonja L. Rice (In Living Color, The Arsenio Hall Show, That’s So Raven), to explore Henry’s biracial (Black and Jewish) background and the unique mother-daughter relationship that included Rice teaching Henry to write for TV.
Henry joined ABC’s Black-ish at the beginning of the second season as supervision producer, rising to co-executive producer in Season 3. During her second season on Black-ish, Henry also worked as consulting producer on the first season of Grown-ish. She subsequently left Black-ish to become exec producer on Grown-ish. Previously, Henry served as executive producer on long-running comedy series The Game and has written on multiple studio features including the upcoming Cheaper By the Dozen remake for Fox.
Prior to becoming a writer, Jeni Henry, aka Jeni G., was a member of the R&B/pop trio Before Dark, whose single “Monica” hit No. 7 on the Billboard top R&B sales charts. She toured the country with Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child while simultaneously obtaining her B.S. degree from USC.
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Henry is repped by Vision Art Management’ Scott Schwartz, Nacelle Co. and Jackoway Austen.
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