2012 The Root 100

Shonda Rhimes is the producer and writer of ABC's Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

  • Influence: 204.6
  • Reach: 13.2
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 492
  • Internet Mentions: 171000
  • Twitter Followers: 202898
  • Shonda Rhimes

  • TV producer and writer of ABC's "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
  • Job: TV producer and writer
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @shondarhimes
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 42
  • Bio: Shonda Rhimes is the Hollywood powerhouse behind three current hit series on ABC, the newest being the Kerry Washington vehicle Scandal. Rhimes is the first African American to create and executive-produce a top-rated one-hour TV series that has aired more than one season: Grey's Anatomy. She has also produced Private Practice on ABC. Rhimes, who as a child liked to tape-record and transcribe her own stories, surged to prominence after screenwriting the 1999 HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which earned Halle Berry Emmy and Golden Globe best actress awards.