Shonda Rhimes is the prolific writer, executive producer and creator in the hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” In addition to creating the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff series “Private Practice,” which ran on ABC for six seasons, Rhimes is the executive producer of the ABC series “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Rhimes is the recipient of the 2006 Writers Guild Award for Best New Series, the 2007 Television Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America, the 2007 Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama, the 2007 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Women in Film, the 2012 GLAAD Golden Gate Award, the 2010 RAINN Hope Award, the 2010 and 2011 Television Academy Honors award, the 2011 Prism Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, the 2015 AFI Award for TV Program of the Year as well as the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Across her shows, Rhimes was the 2005, 2013, 2014 winner for the AFI Award for Television Program of the Year. In addition, Rhimes has won an unprecedented 6 NAACP Image Awards for Writing for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series plus 8 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Drama Series.
In 2013, Rhimes was appointed by President Obama to serve as Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2014, Rhimes, along with producing partner Betsy Beers, received the Directors Guild of America’s prestigious Diversity Award. Rhimes was additionally a recipient of the W.E.B Du Bois Medal from Harvard, the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award from The Hollywood Reporter, the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement from the Writers Guild of America West, honored with the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Council and bestowed with the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation in recognition of her work in changing the face of media.
In November 2015 Rhimes released her first book, Year of Yes from Simon & Schuster.