This story first being a black woman in america essay in the Oct. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
It called her “the most powerful black female showrunner in Hollywood. She crossed out “female” and “black” and sent it back. ABC, she didn’t believe either modifier was necessary — or relevant. They wouldn’t say that someone is ‘the most powerful white male showrunner in Hollywood,’ ” she contends, her tone turning momentarily stern on this morning in late September.
For years, Rhimes has kept relatively quiet on such matters, preferring instead to make her statements onscreen, where she has displayed a talent for crafting complex, original characters unconstrained by such singular definitions as “black,” “Asian” or “gay. It began: “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. Rhimes herself jumped in almost immediately, wondering to her 700,000 Twitter followers why she’s not labeled “an angry black woman” when her white characters rant, too. When I join Rhimes, 44, a single mother of three, in her homey office at Hollywood’s Sunset Gower Studios, the furor has settled down and she’s reflecting on the positives that have come out of it. Some really amazing articles were written that had the conversation that I’ve been trying to have for a very long time, which, coming from me, makes me sound like I’m just, ‘Rrrraw! Her inbox has been deluged with notes from concerned friends and colleagues, many of whom called for the piece to be retracted.
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The irony, of course, is that Stanley intended not to bury Rhimes but to praise her and her growing influence on the TV landscape. 1974 — but also has demonstrated how broadcast drama can thrive in a deeply competitive environment. Her shows, distinctive for their hyperarticulate dialogue, hairpin plot twists and steamy love triangles, deliver a consistent and enviable mix of ratings and real-time buzz. 200,000 for each 30-second ad, isn’t far behind. That success hasn’t translated to a shelf full of Emmys, but critics have grown more admiring with each passing season. Rhimes produces “smart, pulpy shows that emote like pop ballads, look like America and run like hell. Thursday lineup, the most lucrative night of programming on TV.
Shonda has this ability to create television events,” he says, days before her trio of shows collectively debuts to a same-day audience of 37 million. And even at that size, she has managed to maintain an intimacy with her audience — a genuine connection at a mass scale. Adds Lee, “Shows that really pop have strong voices, and there’s no stronger voice in America than Shonda Rhimes. If there are premiere week jitters, they are not visible as I wind through the halls of her Shondaland headquarters, a maze of offices and conference rooms lined with framed reminders of the prolific showrunner’s success. Having spent her entire career at ABC, she says she made the rounds to other studios earlier this year to assess her options.
It wasn’t really about money, though don’t get me wrong, it’s very important in a world in which women are paid 77 cents on the dollar to be paid in a way that felt correct,” she says. And I wanted to feel like if I was making shows, I could sell them anywhere. I’m in a lovely position that whenever we pitch something, ABC buys it, which is great, but I also wanted the ability to say, ‘This is not for you. The pact is said to bring her eight figures a year, plus advances against her backend, easily one of the richest deals in television. Rhimes has been assured that cable is a viable option, too, but she says she doesn’t have the bandwidth to write anything more this year. She’ll work with those proteges, reading scripts, watching rough cuts and running interference with the network, though her best writing advice, says Nowalk, is often “trust your gut.
The culture Rhimes has built is one of fierce loyalty, where writers move with her from one series to the next. Most writing staffs have this crazy high turnover, and then everyone’s really miserable, and I don’t understand that,” she says. I don’t know why you don’t grow people to then be able to take over as you. That’s how I can have more shows. Those who work for her use words such as “definitive,” “passionate” and “engaged” to describe her leadership style.
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