After 15 years of working together and producing hits such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” Shonda Rhimes and ABC Studios have parted ways. In an exclusive from Variety, it was announced that Netflix has signed Shonda Rhimes to a multi-year production deal. Rhimes’ existing pact with ABC Studios had been set to expire in June 2018.
Shonda along with her production partner Betsy Beers will begin producing new series for Netflix through her production company, Shondaland.
Rhimes has been a consistent supplier of successful dramas for ABC. Her programming became such a staple on ABC that she had an entire night dedicated to her shows. Thursday nights were branded as “Thank God It’s Thursday” (or “TGIT”) featuring Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Catch.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix, 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.”
There is no word yet on what will be the first piece of programming to be produced through the new partnership. The Rhimes pact reflects Netflix’s increasing interest in producing original series the company can own