Shonda Rhimes exits ABC for Netflix
So this is what Shonda Rimes has been cooking up.
The prolific producer is leaving her perch at ABC Studios and taking her Shondaland production company to Netflix under a multi-year deal, it was announced late Sunday. The pact calls for Rhimes to produce new series and other projects for the streamer. Her current series — Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder — will continue to air on ABC.
"Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix, in a statement. "Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I've gotten the chance to know Shonda and she's a true Netflixer at heart -— she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We're so excited to welcome her to Netflix."
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In her own statement, Rhimes said, "Shondaland's move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company. Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix's singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities."