After making her mark with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, Shonda Rhimes is walking away from her 15-year relationship with ABC and moving Shondaland—her television production company—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,” Rhimes shared in a 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.”
ABC viewers won’t see the complete end of Rhimes, however. The New York Times reports that all three of the aforementioned shows will remain on the network, though Netflix has already called dibs on streaming rights for Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Rhimes is slated to gift ABC with For the People, and there’s also a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff reportedly in the works.
Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, called Rhimes “one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” adding in a statement: “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.”
So who’ll be streaming!?