Television writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, famous for creating Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, signed an agreement with Netflix to produce new series and work on some other projects for the California-based entertainment company. This way Rhimes’ ended a 15-year relationship with Disney-owned ABC Studios, but the new deal won’t affect shows that have been aired on ABC. Moving to Netflix means she will have more freedom to work in different genres and formats.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” said chief content officer at Netflix Ted Sarandos.
Interestingly, Walt Disney stopped cooperation with Netflix earlier this month as it plans to launch its own streaming service. Although Disney may become a rival, there are reports that Lucasfilm and Marvel might stay with Netflix and that the company won’t be affected that much as Disney and Pixar movies have been available on Netflix for around a year.
Last week, the streaming company announced the dates for the second season of the most expensive TV show ever produced, The Crown, and said David Letterman is leaving retirement to host its longform talk show. But it also added that the cost of its service will go up for Canadians.