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Shonda Rhimes Expands Netflix Deal to Include Feature Films, Gaming, Virtual Reality

Shondaland and Netflix are currently in production on "Bridgerton" Season 2

Shonda Rhimes and Netflix have expanded their creative pact to include feature films, gaming and virtual reality content, Netflix announced Thursday.

The new partnership gives Netflix and Shondaland Media the opportunity to exclusively produce and distribute feature films -- the pact that already includes a branding and merchandise deal will add live events and experiences.

Netflix is also investing in and providing the financial and technical assistance to support Shondaland's mission to create DEIA programs to replace workplace representation both domestically and in the United Kingdom.

Netflix and Shondaland are now in production on "Bridgerton" Season 2 and will launch in 2022. Netflix has already green lit Seasons 3 and 4. Inspired by the best-selling series of romance novels by Julia Quinn, "Bridgerton" was watched by 82 million households around the world in its first 28 days, according to the streamer.

It was also recently announced that the "Bridgerton-verse" will expand with a limited series that focuses on the origins of Queen Charlotte. Rhimes will write the series and serve as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.