Shonda Rhimes Signs Major Deal With Netflix, Leaving Behind ABC

One of the most epic storytellers alive, Shonda Rhimes, just signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, ending a 15-year relationship with ABC. Shondaland, will begin producing new series for Netflix while she continues her current broadcast series.

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

The Wall Street Journal estimates that Netflix will pay Rhimes $10 million per year. Rhimes has been consistent with successful drama programming, including “How to Get Away With Murder.” That series, as well as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” have been renewed for new seasons in 2017-18.

“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,” NBC reports Rhimes said in a statement. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix.”


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