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FILE - In this April 8, 2017, file photo, Shonda Rhimes attends the "Scandal" 100th Episode Celebration at Fig &amp; Olive in West Hollywood, Calif. Netflix announced late Sunday, Aug. 13, that Rhimes and her company Shondaland had agreed to produce new series and context for the streaming service. Rhimes’ current hit shows, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” will continue to air on ABC. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Shonda Rhimes is leaving ABC for Netflix



The showrunner behind such television hits as "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Scandal" is leaving ABC Studios for Netflix, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Reporter reported Monday that Shonda Rhimes and her longtime producing partner Betsy Beers will create and produce new content for Netflix as part of a multi-year deal.

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

“Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best,” he added.

“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.”

Some Twitter users on Monday praised Netflix for signing Rhimes, who has worked at ABC Studios for 15 years.

Rhimes’ deal with Netflix is said to be a four-year pact, and she is also expected to score a percentage of the back-end on programming she creates for the streaming platform.

Netflix currently includes "Grey’s Anatomy" in its library, which partially explains the show’s ongoing popularity heading towards its 14th season this fall.

"Grey’s Anatomy" is ABC’s most-watched drama, and the series is reportedly aiming to become the longest-running medical drama alongside "ER."

ABC will purportedly continue hosting "Grey’s Anatomy" and an upcoming spinoff, plus other series Rhimes penned.

Rhimes is also responsible for "Scandal," "How to Get Away with Murder" and the upcoming drama "For the People."

The producer is the first African-American woman to land 100 episodes for a series three times in her career (for "Grey’s Anatomy," "Private Practice" and "Scandal").

Rhimes has not previously worked in either cable or streaming programming, meaning she will have new creative freedom upon starting with Netflix.

Netflix has aggressively pursued major television talent this year as it looks to produce more original content and compete with traditional broadcast networks.

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