Shonda Rhimes is leaving ABC for Netflix.
Netflix may have just found the light in the tunnel for their financial woes. The streaming giant who has recently been cutting its original programing just stole away ABC’s biggest primetime star. Shonda Rhimes.
Rhimes, who is responsible for ABC’s Thursday award-winning lineup: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder, will be leaving the network to create new shows exclusively for 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. 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.” Rhimes said in a statement.
While Shondaland may be moving to Netflix the current lineup of programs Rhimes produced for ABC as well as those that are already in development will remain with the network.
This news couldn’t have come at a better time for Netflix as last week reports that Disney, which owns ABC, announced it would be removing some of its content from Netflix to start its own competing streaming service. Looks like the gloves are off.