Shonda Rhimes Signs a Multiyear Deal With Netflix

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Oh, yeah, we’ll say it: What a Scandal. Netflix announced Sunday evening that Shonda Rhimes, her producing partner Betsy Beers, and her production company Shondaland have signed “a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects” with Netflix. Rhimes made herself a household name creating appointment TV for ABC, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder, shows that she assures fans and/or panicking executives will “continue to thrive” on the network. In Netflix’s announcement, Rhimes praises the platform’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos. Says 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.” Maybe Rhimes will even create a series about how Netflix was able to snag her, featuring a magic machine that prints money, an unlimited wardrobe of perfectly tailored pantsuits, and 1000 percent more slapping than the real-life version.

Shonda Rhimes Signs a Multi-Year Deal With Netflix