Robin Roberts to Lead New Production Unit


ABC News Studios has unveiled a new production unit led by ABC News’ Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, set to produce original, narrative nonfiction projects.

For the unit’s inaugural project, Roberts sat down with actor, director and producer Kerry Washington for a network exclusive interview ahead of the release of Washington’s upcoming memoir, Thicker Than Water. Washington opens up about intimate details of her life, also discussing the mental health challenges she’s faced regarding her body image, childhood traumas and depression.

The one-hour primetime special edition of 20/20, entitled Kerry Washington: Thicker Than Water—A Conversation with Robin Roberts, airs September 24 on ABC, and airs the next day on Hulu.

Roberts’ new production unit is actively commissioning and developing projects across multiple genres and formats, including specials, nonfiction series and documentaries for ABC Network, Hulu and Disney+. The unit’s creation establishes a dedicated team within ABC News Studios committed to these stories.

“I’m thrilled to now have a home within ABC News Studios to produce projects I really care about,” said Roberts. “This production team will be focused on heartfelt storytelling that reveals the mosaic of humanity.”

Kim Godwin, president of ABC News, added: “Robin Roberts’ career is a masterclass in powerful storytelling that, over the years, has left an indelible mark on ABC News and people around the world. This dedicated ABC News Studios production unit will make it possible for Robin to seamlessly produce more premium, original content about extraordinary people and places like only Robin can.”

Mike Kelley, vice president and head of ABC News Studios, commented: “Robin’s unique brand of storytelling infuses heart and soul into everything she does. I couldn’t be more excited about the projects this unit will produce, which I know will enrich the lives of our viewers.”