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Netflix continues its talent acquisition spree with the hiring of Shonda Rhimes, the creator of popular ABC series including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland, will produce new, original series for Netflix while she stays involved with her current ABC Studios shows. Grey’s Anatomy will start its 14th season this fall and Scandal will debut its seventh and final season in the fall as well.
The deal signals Rhimes’ departure from ABC Studios after 15 years with the broadcaster.
Betsy Beers, executive producer and longtime Rhimes’ coworker, will also leave ABC Studio to produce for Netflix.
In Netflix’s statement, Rhimes’ explains that she believes Netflix will give her a home for newfound creative freedom and a space for new writers to flourish.
“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,” Rhimes said in the statement. “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.”
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