Shonda Rhimes is taking her Shondaland empire from ABC to Netflix in a huge new multi-year-deal with the streaming platform.
The shocking new partnership, which was announced Sunday night, will include new series and other projects by the drama creator. Netflix did not disclose the monetary value or specific terms of the deal.
"Shondaland's move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan [Netflix Chief Content Officer] Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company," Rhimes said in a statement. "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."
Rhimes began her acclaimed TV career with ABC Studios before "Grey’s Anatomy," which is still on the air, premiered in 2005. She followed up the medical drama hit with spinoff "Private Practice," then political drama "Scandal" and crime drama "How to Get Away With Murder."
All of her ABC series will continue to air on the network after she makes her move to Netflix.
"Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television," Sarandos said in a statement. "Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I've gotten the chance to know Shonda and she's a true Netflixer at heart. She loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We're so excited to welcome her to Netflix."