Netflix has been on a roll recently getting new shows and now the writer and producer behind many ABC shows.
Yesterday it was announced that Shonda Rhimes joined the Netflix team. She was responsible for “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” At Netflix she will produce new series and other projects.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix. “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.”
“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. “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.”
Clearly Netflix is not afraid of anyone pulling content from its streaming service as it works to produce its own original content. Recently a Netflix executive said that Netflix plans to have over half of its content original shows at some future date.
We will have to wait and see how this push to original content affects Netflix’s subscriber numbers.
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