Shonda Rhimes has been chosen to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at its 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast that is set to take place on December 10 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.
The award is given to a woman who is a leader and pioneer in her industry and Shonda Rhimes is the perfect example of this. Through her hit shows, and her production company Shondaland, Rhimes has created empowering roles for women and has stood up for the causes close to her heart.
"Over the past decade, Shonda Rhimes has completely redefined the way women are perceived on television — and therefore in society too," Lansing said. "She’s created iconic roles for women; she’s put women front and center in the national debate; and she’s also been a pioneering force in leading the way for African-American women in the media. And what’s amazing about her is, she hasn’t just done this once: she’s done it over and over and over again. She’s a creative, intellectual and artistic powerhouse, and I’m thrilled she’ll receive the award that carries my name."
Co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group Janice Min said that Shonda "represents a unique embodiment of the spirit and value of the Women in Entertainment initiative."
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 10, 2014
“As a person whose creativity, talent and drive transcend boundaries, Shonda is fearless in her career, owning the Hollywood conversation with her portrayal of diverse, strong female characters," Min added. "I’m truly honored this extraordinary woman is helping us carry this torch.”
Rhimes currently has three shows on ABC's Thursday night lineup: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.
Past recipients of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award are Oprah Winfrey, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close and Barbara Walters.