Prolific showrunner and storyteller Shonda Rhimes has left her longtime home at ABC Studios for Netflix. The hitmaker behind Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy signed a four-year deal, where the streaming giant presumably coughed up major dollars, considering Rhimes generated over $2 billion in combined revenue for Disney and ABC.
While ABC will continue to house Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, as well as its upcoming spinoff, Rhimes exits her home of 15 years with longtime producer partner Betsy Beers, who will continue to head Shondaland in the move to Netflix.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “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.”
Reps close to Rhimes claim she had been renegotiating her overall deal with ABC for the past few months, so her exit comes as a blow for broadcast. One thing’s for certain: Rhimes proven hit-making abilities and love of storytelling and television production is bound to set Netflix apart in the world of cable and streaming.
“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,” Rhimes said. “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.”