Shonda Rhimes is parting ways with ABC for a new Netflix deal after a decade of hit TV shows. The Shondaland production company will move over to Netflix for a multi-year deal to produce new content like a new series among other projects. Rhimes released a statement about her big move. “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.”
Searandos reiterated the sentiments adding, “Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Ted, chief content officer at Netflix, told E! News 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 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 [ABC Entertainment president] 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.”
Shonda created hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
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