You can debate all day long about how Grey’s Anatomy should’ve ended, like, eight seasons ago, but it doesn’t matter what us brokes think because Shonda Rhimes is out here earning millions upon millions of dollars from it. We already know Shondaland actors make BANK from her shows, but it’s time to delve into how deep this television writing genius’ pockets are. So, let’s add up all her major Hollywood projects and take a walk down memory lane because Miss Rhimes is also responsible for some of your favorite childhood movies.
Shonda’s ABC Reign
Year after year, whenever Grey‘s gets renewed for a new season, there are reports about how much the actors will rake in for about 20 episodes. But of course, the show wouldn’t even exist if Shonda didn’t create, write, and produce it for so many years. On top of Grey‘s, Shonda also created Scandal and Private Practice. She also produced Still Star-Crossed, which ended way too early, and the mega-hit How to Get Away With Murder. ABC’s former weekly TGIT event wouldn’t have been a thing if it weren’t for Shonda, mmkay!
She’s done so much for that network, and toward the end of her time with ABC, she was earning $10 million a year plus at least 10 percent of profits when her shows were syndicated or sold to streaming services. Oh, and that’s all in addition to the regular fees she charged when producing each of her shows.
Streaming = Even More Ca$h
When Shonda ended her partnership with ABC in 2017, she moved over to streaming giant Netflix to ink a ~$10 million per year deal. (The Hollywood Reporter suggested this deal will last for four years and total around $100 million, and Forbes reported Shonda got an eight-figure check on the spot.) I’ve never made more than a $25 per hour deal, so color me impressed! While Shonda doesn’t directly create new Netflix shows, her Shondaland production company does, so she still makes money from it.
She’s Responsible For Your Fave Movies
Remember Crossroads? Shonda. Remember The Princess Diaries 2? Shonda, again. Send Shonda a thank you letter for shaping your entire childhood and personality already!
She Legit Does It All
Aside from writing and producing and showrunning, Shonda has also been a guest star on The Mindy Project, wrote her own book, and led her own Masterclass on writing for TV. You know, just a few things that definitely added some coinage to her already-impressive bank account.
That Adds Up To…
Well, friends, all of Shonda’s major accomplishments add up to a whopping $140 million!
Lord, I have seen what you’ve done for others, and I am ready to receive!