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Shonda Rhimes ditches ABC for Netflix

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is bringing her Shondaland production company to Netflix under a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects.

Shonda-RhimesRhimes’(pictured) range of dramas including Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy already stream on Netflix in various regions.

The shows also air in the US on ABC and will continue to do so, but Netflix has pulled off a coup by snatching her from ABC Studios, where she has produced all of her main hits.

Rhimes’ producing partner Betsy Beers will also make the move 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,” said Rhimes.

She added: “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.

“Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way. I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people – especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey.

“Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix. Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix.”