"The culture that Shonda [Rhimes] and Betsy [Beers] have created with our show. I think in Shondaland in general, it is a family environment. There's an understanding culturally that with a healthy familial environment where there's interpersonal relationships and respect for all, it creates a better creative and working environment. That sort of culture that's something that's understood and maybe more simply put: a no assholes policy. That's something that from the very start was just clear."
The series has been a cornerstone of ABC's Thursday night Shondaland line-up TGIT which also includes veteran medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" and "How To Get Away with Murder" starring Viola Davis. Rhimes is currently working on two new shows for the upcoming season, "Still Star-Crossed" and her first comedy show, which just so happens to be written by "Scandal's" Scott Foley.
Kerry Washington, who plays "Scandal" central role Olivia Pope, has been credited by co-stars for her leadership and ability to keep mometum going through six successful seasons.
"I've worked with some very good leaders, but I've never worked with anyone like her. Often times you will have the star of the movie or the show that is like that, but they still want to be number one." Goldwyn said. "There's often the machinery of being the star around that and she militantly is not like that. She's just so down to earth. Even now through Scandal, she's an A-List star and a celebrity and a fashion icon and it has not affected her at all. In fact, it has made her the opposite."