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Shonda Rhimes Gets in Bed with Netflix and Ditches ABC!

Shonda Rhimes has proved herself, once again, to be the coldest writer in the game! She's known for creating such shows as "Grey's Anatomy", "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" and now, she's going to be known for socking it to ABC!

Via NYTimes:

In a huge blow to ABC and Disney, the prolific television hitmaker Shonda Rhimes has signed an exclusive overall deal with Netflix, the streaming giant announced early Monday morning.

Ms. Rhimes, the creator of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How To Get Away With Murder” — all hits for ABC — will bring Shondaland over to Netflix in what the streaming service said was a multiyear deal.

Those series and ones currently in development will remain on ABC, though Netflix already has the streaming rights for the back library for shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”

Netflix’s move amounts to a major counterpunch to Disney’s announcement last week that it was starting a pair of its own streaming services, including one that would force the removal of several Disney and Pixar movies from Netflix in the next two years.

Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said in a statement, “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.”

Ms. Rhimes said in her own statement, “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. 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 has been with ABC for over a decade and this new move opens up a world of possibilities for her company "Shondaland". I'm just wondering if this means we'll be able to binge watch whole seasons at a time instead of waiting for a new episode each week? Do you think this was a good move?


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