*Shonda Rhimes will put her journalistic skills to use as the guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment issue, marking the first time in the issue’s 26-year history that the editorial reigns have been given up to a guest.
The television producer, entrepreneur and activist is working with THR’s editorial staff on the annual special issue of the magazine, which publishes on Dec. 6.
Rhimes, creator of the hit TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” and executive producer of “How to Get Away With Murder,” in September launched her Shondaland.com, a digital storytelling platform that features first-person essays, interviews, reported features, advice, podcasts and videos.
In addition, Rhimes announced in August that her successful production company, Shondaland, will move to Netflix in a multiyear deal to create and produce new content.
The vocal backer of Democratic causes and advocate for women’s issues also uses her family foundation to support arts, education and activism, with a focus on promoting inclusion, equality and tolerance.
“Shonda Rhimes is not only one of the most creative people in Hollywood, she’s also one of the savviest about both the entertainment business and issues that are important to women,” says Matthew Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. “And yes, she’s also one of the busiest people in town, so we’re thrilled she’s allowing us to tap into her brain for the Women in Entertainment issue.”
The 26th annual Women in Entertainment issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine will be unveiled at a star-studded breakfast event Dec. 6 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, where $1 million in university scholarships will be awarded to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have taken part in THR’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles.