Shonda Rhimes
United States
2018

Shondaland

Shonda
Rhimes

Writer / Producer

Rhimes’ $100 million deal with Netflix, announced in 2017, heralded an era of mega-signings for top-flight showrunners. And the network TV uber-creator appears to be delivering. The streamer this year unveiled a nine-show development slate under way from Rhimes’ production shingle, Shondaland. An English and film studies major at Dartmouth, Rhimes earned her master’s from the USC School of Cinematic Arts before breaking into screenwriting with the 1999 HBO movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and features “Crossroads” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” But it was “Grey’s Anatomy” (now in season 15) and its follow-ups — spinoff “Private Practice,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Station 19” — that cemented her as producing royalty.

Career

  • SCANDAL
  • GREY'S ANATOMY
  • HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

Education

  • Dartmouth College (NH, USA)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Shonda Rhimes’ Latest Project Seeks to Challenge Beauty Stereotypes

Shonda Rhimes’ Latest Project Seeks to Challenge Beauty Stereotypes

Shonda Rhimes is teaming up with beauty brand Dove to launch a new program that aims to build sisterhood, conversation, and collaboration between women and girls.The showrunner celebrated the launch of Girl Collective with an event in Los Angeles this month that also drew musician SZA and transgender activist Jazz Jennings as panelists. Rhimes, who has been the Dove "chief storyteller" for the past two years, says it was important for her to participate in a forum that would give women a chance to share their own...

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