The 'Grey's Anatomy' creator will receive the honor on Jan. 23, 2016.
Prolific producer Shonda Rhimes will receive the 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.
Rhimes is the executive producer of ABC hits including Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Private Practice. She previously received the Norman Felton award for outstanding producer of episodic television drama from the Producers Guild for her work onGrey's Anatomy.
“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 co-chairs Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd in a statement. “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.”
Last year the same award went to Rhimes' fellow Grey's Anatomy executive producer Mark Gordon. Previous recipients include Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett and Norman Lear, himself.