Television superproducer Shonda Rhimes, the mind behind hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, has signed a blockbuster deal to move future Shondaland productions away from ABC and onto streaming service Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
The deal, which the Hollywood Reporter says is a “rich” four-year agreement, will bolster the streaming giant’s original content — an important move since Disney announced last week that it will end its arrangement with Netflix at the end of next year.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “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,” 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.”
ABC will retain Grey’s Anatomy and its upcoming spinoff as well as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder as well as the forthcoming drama For the People, The Hollywood Reporter said.