Shonda Rhimes

Born: January 13, 1970. Chicago, Illinois;

Occupation: Film & Television Writer & Producer, Businesswoman;

Position: Founder, producer, screenwriter;

Company: ShondaLand;

Industry: Film & Television;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American

Shonda Lynn Rhimes is a television producer and writer and the founder of Shondaland. Under the leadership of Ms. Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers, Shondaland is behind award-winning series "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "How to Get Away with Murder," "For The People" and "Station 19."

Ms. Rhimes is the first Black American woman to create and executive produce a Top 10 American television network series.

In August 2017, Ms. Rhimes and her company inked a multi-year development deal with Netflix, under which all of her future productions will be Netflix Original series. The deal is reported to be worth more than $300 million. Netflix already had purchased U.S. streaming rights to past episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • She has three daughters.

Work Experience

Ms. Rhimes is the creator, head writer and executive producer of the television series Grey's Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice and the political thriller series Scandal. She’s also the executive producer of  How to Get Away with Murder.

These are the shows Ms. Rhimes and her company Shondaland produces.

  • Grey's Anatomy (2005–present)
  • Private Practice (2007–2013)
  • Off the Map (2011)
  • Scandal (2012–2018)
  • How to Get Away with Murder (2014–2020)
  • The Catch (2016–2017)
  • Still Star-Crossed (2017)
  • For the People (2018–2019)
  • Station 19 (2018–present)
  • Bridgerton (2020)


  • Ms. Rhimes is the highest-paid showrunner in U.S. television.
  • In 2017, She was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
  • She has won the NAACP Image Award four times.
  • She has won a Golden Globe award. 
  • She has also won awards from:
    • the Writers Guild of America, 
    • Producers Guild of America, and 
    • Director's Guild of America.
    • GLAAD Media Awards.


Ms. Rhimes is a graduate of Dartmouth College and USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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