The Disney-Netflix relationship continues to rock the television landscape. Disney recently decided to end a lucrative part of their partnership with Netflix. By 2019, no new Disney theatrical releases will become available on Netflix. With other Disney owned assets such as Marvel and Star Wars generating a strong fan-base as Netflix Originals, the streaming giant has continued to negotiate on keeping the comic and sci-fi franchises on their platform.
Now, Netflix has thrown another huge wrench into plans.
After 12 years, Shonda Rhimes and her production company, Shondaland, will move on from creating new television content with Disney-owned ABC. Closing the female demographical gap on the network following the loss of Desperate Housewives, Shonda Rhimes created the smash hit, Grey’s Anatomy in 2005. From there, she rolled out Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, effectively making Thursday nights (better known as TGIT) appointment television for ABC.
Scandal is set to begin its last season in October. Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away with Murder will continue on ABC for the foreseeable future starting in late September. Also set to air sometime mid-season is seemingly Shonda’s last new endeavor for ABC, a legal drama called For the People.
However, the future for Shondaland projects will no longer be on ABC. Over the next few years, Shonda’s ideas will come to life under the Netflix banner. With her producing partner, Besty Beers, Shondaland is tasked with a new series as well as other original projects.
Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, raved about this new partnership,
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television. 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.”
The television scribe and mogul spoke on this big step in your career in a press statement. Shonda wrote,
“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.”