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Shonda Rhimes signs major deal with Netflix

NEW DEAL: Shonda Rhimes

SHONDA RHIMES, the mastermind behind 'Scandal', 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'How To Get Away With Murder', will be leaving television network ABC for streaming giant Netflix.

Speaking on Rhimes' new Netflix gig, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said:

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television. 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 signed a mega multi-year deal with the streaming service and according to Deadline, her production company, Shondaland, will move over to Netflix, but Rhimes will continue to work on her ABC series, including To Get Away with Murder.

The TV mogul reportedly had one more year under her four-year deal at ABC Studios and negotiated to leave early.

“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 a statement on Sunday (August 13).

“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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