Netflix nabs Shonda Rhimes

Prolific producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder) is leaving American ABC Network for a new deal with Netflix.

Shondaland production company has signed a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects.

How to Get Away with Murder already streams on Netflix outside the US, with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal available in many regions as well.

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “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.”

“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,” said Rhimes. “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.”

Rhimes’ longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers also makes the move to Netflix.

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