American Crime’s John Ridley Re-Ups with ABC Studios


Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer John Ridley has entered into a new long-term partnership with ABC Studios.

The all-encompassing deal with the studio will see Ridley develop content across multiple platforms. He is currently creating a number of projects with the studio for broadcast, cable and streaming.

Ridley recently directed the first episode of the ABC Signature Studios-produced original series Godfather of Harlem, starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker. Ridley was the creator, writer, director and executive producer of ABC Studio’s Emmy-winning series American Crime, which aired on ABC for three seasons. He won an Oscar in 2013 for writing 12 Years a Slave.

“John Ridley has been making incredible content for us since his Emmy winning series, American Crime,” said Patrick Moran, president of ABC Studios. “There’s no one in the business like John who brings such incredible skill and creativity to everything he does. We are thrilled to have a new long-term deal with him and so look forward to what’s next from this visionary filmmaker.”

“I’m so appreciative to ABC Studios, and the entire Disney company for this massive show of faith and support,” said Ridley. “My absolute best work has been with ABC Studios. Their commitment is substantial, and as the company grows I can’t imagine having a better home from which to reach the widest audience possible.”