Shonda Rhimes will receive the 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America. The award, which will recognize Rhimes’ nearly 20 years of groundbreaking and award-winning work as producer and showrunner, will be presented at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Golden Globe Award winner is the creative force behind such era-defining shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Private Practice. For her work on Grey’s Anatomy, Rhimes received the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama from the PGA.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the most passionate and insightful storytellers in entertainment today. Her pioneering work on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal,’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ has redefined the role of women in media and spurred the debate about diversity in television,” said Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Michael DeLuca (Social Network, Captain Phillips) and Jennifer Todd (Alice In Wonderland, Celeste And Jesse Forever). “Like the intelligent, strong, and fearless characters she creates, Shonda is a true force to be reckoned with and we are privileged to honor her with this year’s Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
“To be the recipient of an award bestowed upon me by my peers in the PGA is truly an honor. The fact that the award is named after a legendary producer whose work has had such an inspiring effect on my growth as a writer is genuinely gratifying. I couldn’t be more grateful for this special recognition,” said Rhimes.
The 2015 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Mark Gordon. Previous recipients include Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lorne Michaels, David L. Wolper, Aaron Spelling, Carsey/Werner/Mandabach, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett and Norman Lear, himself.