Shonda Rhimes is coming to Netflix.
According to a press release sent to EBONY, Shondaland production company will join the movie and television streaming service under a multi-year deal to produce new series as Netflix originals.
Rhimes will join a growing list of some of the most notable African-American creators who have opted to call Netflix home including: Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Justin Simien, Dee Rees and Marlon Wayans.
As part of the agreement, Rhimes will have complete creative freedom.
“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.”
Rhimes was thrilled about the 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,” 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.”
Shondaland’s current series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder will continue to air on ABC, and will stream on Netflix at a later date.
View all of the shows’ past series on Netflix now.
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