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Prolific television creator, entrepreneur and activist Shonda Rhimes has been named guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Women in Entertainment issue.
Rhimes, creator of the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder, is working with THR‘s editorial staff on the special issue, which publishes Dec. 6.
Rhimes‘ involvement, the first time THR has enlisted a guest editor in the 26-year history of the Women in Entertainment issue, comes on the heels of the September launch of her Shondaland.com, a digital storytelling platform that features first-person essays, interviews, reported features, advice, podcasts and videos. In addition, Rhimes announced in August that her successful production company, Shondaland, will move to Netflix in a multiyear deal to create and produce new content.
Rhimes, an ardent backer of Democratic causes and advocate for women’s issues, as well as a recipient of THR‘s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award in 2014, also uses her family foundation to support arts, education and activism, with a focus on promoting inclusion, equality and tolerance.
“Shonda Rhimes is not only one of the most creative people in Hollywood, she’s also one of the savviest about both the entertainment business and issues that are important to women,” says Matthew Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. “And yes, she’s also one of the busiest people in town, so we’re thrilled she’s allowing us to tap into her brain for the Women in Entertainment issue.”
The 26th annual Women in Entertainment issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine will be unveiled at a star-studded breakfast event Dec. 6 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, where $1 million in university scholarships will be awarded to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have taken part in THR‘s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles.
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