Shonda Rhimes revealed that she is leaving ABC studios after working with them for 15 years. In August 2017, writer and television producer announced her Shondaland production company was transitioning to Netflix.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rhimes went in-depth about the limitations of network television and the pressure that comes with it stating, “I felt like I was dying… Like I’d been pushing the same ball up the same hill in the exact same way for a really long time.”
According to Shonda Rhimes, Disney also offered her an unexclusive Disneyland pass.
Shonda was given an all-inclusive pass to Disneyland for herself, her nanny, and her sister. She then learned that the passes weren’t interchangeable. According to the “Year of Yes” author, getting a pass for her sister was tough. Thankfully her sister was eventually given a pass. However, when the family arrived at the theme park, only one pass worked.
Shonda believed she could get things back to normal after calling a “high-ranking executive,” but instead it was pushed back. Once her phone call ended, Shonda said that she dialed her lawyer and urged that they find a way to get her to Netflix.
Even though the Disneyland pass plan failed, Netflix stepped in and saved Shonda
She announced her move to Netflix in August stating, “Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan [Netflix CEO] 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”, she continued.