Shonda Rhimes
Kwaku Alston/Netflix
United States
2021

Shondaland

Shonda
Rhimes

CEO

In July 2021, Rhimes renewed her company’s deal with Netflix, which began in 2017 and bore fruit in late 2020 when “Bridgerton” exploded onto the streaming service. According to Netflix metrics, “Bridgerton” — written by Chris Van Dusen and executive produced by Rhimes — was viewed by 82 million households in its first 28 days, and the soapy Regency-era series has already been renewed through a fourth season. It will also get a limited series spinoff, written by Rhimes, about the origin story of fan-favorite character Queen Charlotte. In the new Netflix deal, Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers will develop films and potentially gaming and virtual reality content, too. Rhimes’ own “Inventing Anna,” a series about the story of con artist Anna Delvey, premieres in February 2022.

Career

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

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Inclusion Impact
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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