*Television maven Shonda Rhimes has brought her Shondaland production company to Netflix under a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects, and she’s bringing along her longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers as well.
“Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix,” Rhimes said in a statement. “Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with [Netflix Chief Content Officer] Ted [Sarandos] and the entire team at Netflix.”
Added 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.”
The move further unites Rhimes with the streaming service. Although Shondaland’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” will continue to air in the U.S. on ABC, “HTGAWM” streams everywhere else in the world on Netflix, with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” available on Netflix in many regions as well.
“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,” said Sarandos. “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.
“Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way. I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people – especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey.”