The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present Shonda Rhimes with the 2016 International Emmy Founders Award at its ceremony in New York on November 21. The prolific writer, executive producer and creator behind such global hits as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice and How To Get Away With Murder is being honored for her “boundless creative artistry and unique production talent,” says Academy President & CEO, Bruce L Paisner.
Rhimes, who founded production company ShondaLand in 2004, counts over 300M viewers worldwide, in 67 languages. She says of the iEmmy, “I am continually amazed by the global reach of television and have been so fortunate to have fans of my shows around the world. To be recognized for this by the International Television Academy is truly an honor.”
Rhimes’ most recent series, The Catch, debuted on March 24 on ABC starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause.
Previous Founders Award recipients have included Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes; Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner; and JJ Abrams.