‘Scandal’ Creator Shonda Rhimes Moves to Netflix in Major Deal
If you thought Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes had carte blanche at ABC, wait until you see her on Netflix. The famed Shondaland has officially gone streaming with a major new Netflix development deal that’s bound to have ABC reeling.
Netflix confirmed early Monday morning that Rhimes has signed a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects, alongside longtime producing partner Betsy Beers. Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder will all continue airing on ABC, but the move is naturally a shock to network viewers after fifteen years, for which Rhimes offered a lengthy explanation:
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.
Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way. I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people – especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey.
Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix. Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal will net Rhimes at least $10 million a year, so stay tuned for more details on the surprising upset.