Shonda Rhimes Signs Multi-Year Deal With Netflix, Exits ABC

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 14, 2017

The move will not terminate Rhimes' involvement in shows that are now in production or on-air at ABC.

A person close to ABC told TheWrap that the three shows now on the network - "Grey's Anatomy", "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder" - along with the "Grey's" spinoff in pre-production and the upcoming legal drama "For the People", will stay with ABC Studios.

"Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television", said Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos. "Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix".

Rhimes said that her new deal gives her '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", Rhimes said in a Netflix press release. The 47-year-old screenwriter's longtime producing partner Betsy Beers will continue to head Shondaland in the move to Netflix.

Rhimes' three existing ABC dramas - "Scandal", "How to Get Away With Murder", and "Grey's Anatomy" - will continue to air on the American Broadcasting Company, including the new seasons slated to air on the 2017-2018 TV schedule. "We are happy to continue working with Shonda and her team at Shondaland on Grey's, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and the upcoming For the People and Grey's spinoff".

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She said of ABC: 'I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career'.

"Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix".

"We're so proud of the work we've done with Shonda and Betsy throughout our long and productive relationship".

Rhimes' exit is a major hit to ABC and ABC Studios where she had become the most prolific drama producer over the past decade. "With the launch of a new season upon us, fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever". With more than 455 scripted originals, broadcast, cable and streaming platforms are turning to proven hit-makers like Rhimes for new material.

Heading to Netflix with Rhimes is her Shondaland, which over the past year she had built into a full-fledged production company with its infrastructure.

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