John Ridley attends the Entertainment Weekly & ABC Upfronts Party at Toro on May 13, 2014 in New York City

John Ridley attends the Entertainment Weekly & ABC Upfronts Party at Toro on May 13, 2014 in New York City

*John Ridley has a new home at ABC.

The Oscar winning writer of “12 Years a Slave” has signed an overall deal with the network, entertainment president Paul Lee announced this morning at ABC’s TCA presentation.

The pact with ABC Studios comes on the heel of ABC’s pickup of his dark drama pilot American Crime to series for this coming season.

“He is an extraordinary showrunner,” Lee said of Ridley, who started his career in television before segueing to features.