Creator of “Black-ish” Kenya Barris is expanding his Hollywood profile to the music business with a new entertainment company.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the writer and producer has announced the launch of Khalabo Music — a joint venture with Interscope Records that already has a stacked roster of fresh, talented artists.
As an extension of his production company, Khalabo Ink Society, Barris is looking at new ways he can work his signed artists into other areas of his entertainment hub.
“Kenya touches people in so many different ways and he wants music to be part of that experience, so the conversation is not just about, ‘Let me find this one artist and make the best record,’” Interscope Geffen A&M Records vice chairman Steve Berman. “He wants to find the artists and be able to plug music into his universe in many different ways. It’s the complete picture with him.”
more freedom to pursue other business relationships.
In addition to his newly-launched record label, Barris and his team have also quietly negotiated a podcasting deal with Audible, a book deal with Random House as well as a first-look film deal with Paramount that he intends to weave together in the near future.