12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Scandal' Grad Stays in Shondaland, Inks Netflix Overall Deal
A key member of the Shondaland family is putting down roots at Netflix.
Chris Van Dusen, who started and has spent his entire career working for Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' production company, has signed an overall deal with the streaming giant.
Under the pact, the Grey's Anatomy and Scandal grad will create and executive produce new projects for Netflix. His first project will be the previously announced untitled Bridgerton project, on which he will reunite with Rhimes and Beers.
That drama, picked up straight to series as part of Shondaland's first Netflix slate, is based on Julia Quinn's best-selling series of novels. The project is a feminist take on Regency England romance, unveiling the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London's high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. Van Dusen will adapt, showrun and exec produce the drama alongside Rhimes and Beers' Netflix-based Shondaland banner.
"I couldn’t be more excited about being a part of the creative powerhouse that is Shondaland at Netflix,” Van Dusen said Monday in a statement. “Bringing these irresistible books by Julia Quinn to the screen, with the fearless and talented team of storytellers I've been so fortunate to have worked alongside for so long, is a dream come true. I am grateful to have a home at Netflix, whose commitment to innovative, groundbreaking storytelling is unmatched.”
Van Dusen most recently served as a co-exec producer on Scandal. The homegrown Shondaland writer-producer's first writing gig was on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. He also was instrumental in the medical drama's first spinoff, Private Practice. Van Dusen is repped by CAA and attorney Ryan Nord.
Van Dusen is the first member of the Shondaland family to move to Netflix. Others are expected to follow. Among the notable members of the Shondaland family who will remain at Rhimes' former home at ABC Studios: How to Get Away With Murder showrunner Pete Nowalk, who renewed his overall deal with the Disney-owned company.