One of the main goals of this company is to showcase and celebrate bold women. Who better to start this new series off with than one of the greatest trailblazers of our time, Shonda Rhimes?
As the creator and showrunner of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal, Shonda Rhimes help shape modern pop culture for going on almost two decades now. It's impossible to talk about the success of the ABC Network without mentioning how much Shonda Rhimes contributed to it.
The greatest indicator of just how powerful this woman is that she had an entire night on Thursdays dedicated to she created and executive produced. She even created her own production company named Shondaland which houses all of the shows she created and produced.
Grey's Anatomy didn't premiere until 2005 but Shonda's struggled for many years in Hollywood as a script writer. It wasn't until 1995 that she got her big break directing Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. She wrote the script for the 2004 movie, The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.
After so many years working for ABC, Shonda shocked everyone in 2017 when she revealed she was ditching ABC for Netflix. To me, this was the moment she truly showed how much respected herself and revealed she wasn't going to stay somewhere she wasn't valued.
Shonda started feeling creatively stifled and was tired of the back and forth with ABC's parent company Disney. She revealed this week that the breaking point was over an all inclusive pass to Disneyland for her sister.
Some people thought this is was an overreaction and not really a reason to leave ABC. However, that's not the point. If it was just the ticket, she could have paid for it herself. It was the fact that it was such a hassle for her to get it in the first place, only for it to not work, and an executive to tell her "Don't you have enough?"
We're talking about the woman who over a decade and half has made this company an estimated $2 billion. There was absolutely no reason for her to go through this. Kudos to Shonda for knowing her own worth and walking away from a place she felt she wasn't valued.
And so ABC's loss became Netflix's gain. And Shonda Rhimes continues to carve her place in history.
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