Magazine article Screen International

Shonda Rhimes Leaves ABC for Multi-Year Deal at Netflix

Magazine article Screen International

Shonda Rhimes Leaves ABC for Multi-Year Deal at Netflix

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Rhimes, along with producing partner Betsy Beers, move to Netflix after more than a decade with ABC.

Prolific showrunner and producer Shonda Rhimes has left ABC Studios for a multi-year deal at Netflix.

Under the multi-year deal, Rhimes and her Shondaland production company will produce series and other projects for the streaming giant.

Rhymes’ longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers will continue to head Shondaland as it moves to Netflix.

The move further unites Rhimes with Netflix, which streams Shondaland series How To Get Away With Murder worldwide, and Rhimes’ long-running Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal in many regions as well.

ABC will continue to air Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy, which in its 13th season is the network’s most-watched drama, in the US.

ABC will also air the upcoming drama For The People, as well as the Grey’s Anatomy firefighter spinoff series.

The move is a major coup for Netflix. For 12 years at ABC, Rhimes proved herself to be one of the biggest writing and producing talents on broadcast television.

ABC’s Thursday-night line-up is comprised entirely of series from Rhimes and her company Shondaland.

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, 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. …

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