Shonda Rhimes leaves ABC for Netflix
Netflix grabs another hitmaker
In a sudden turn of events, Netflix has announced that Shonda Rhimes is moving from Disney-owned ABC, to Netflix. The announcement comes just days after Disney announced that it will be pulling most of the company’s library from Netflix, with plans to start a streaming-service of their own. This means that fans of the writer, producer and television hit-maker will have to grab a Netflix subscription if they want to watch the latest from the Shondaland production company.
This is a multi-year deal between Shondaland and Netflix, with intent to produce new series and several other projects. Longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers (shown above) will be making the move to Netflix as well. While Shondaland’s award-winning series such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” air in the U.S. on ABC — and will continue to — “How to Get Away with Murder” streams everywhere else in the world on Netflix, with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” available on Netflix in many regions as well.
“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.”
“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.”
Said Beers, “I am a huge fan of the talented team and amazing programming at Netflix. The ability to create content for our new partners is an exciting challenge. I am grateful to everyone at ABC for their continued support and I look forward to beginning this next chapter at Netflix.”