2013 The Root 100

Shonda Rhimes remains one of the most successful women in television.

  • Influence: 249.4
  • Reach: 14.45
  • Substance: 8.1
  • Media Mentions: 541
  • Internet Mentions: 1180000
  • Twitter Followers: 441594
  • Shonda Rhimes

  • Showrunner of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy; head of Shondaland production company.
  • Job: Writer, producer
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @shondarhimes
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: In a day of cable dominance, Shonda Rhimes sits atop a rarified mountain of mediamakers who keep network TV alive -- and in living color. Rhimes is the creator of the genius, adrenaline-pumped juggernaut Scandal, the addictive Grey’s Anatomy and, before its series finale this year, the popular Private Practice, making Rhimes one of the most powerful showrunners in television, bar none. Her standard M.O. of working traditionally "marginalized" folks -- driven, complex, black, women or gay characters -- on to center stage, along with their twisted, sticky storylines, elicits a rabid fan base (some 8 million Scandal "gladiators" tune in each week). Accordingly, ABC recently green-lit Lawless, another show by Rhimes' Shondaland production company, which employs more than 550 actors, writers and producers, and has given a platform to up-and-coming talents like Issa Rae and Ava DuVernay.

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  • Fun Fact: Rhimes was the first black woman to both produce and write a hit television series with Grey's Anatomy.