Shonda Rhimes, the producer of “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and many other television shows, has been named recipient of the 2015 Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement, by the Writers Guild of America, West.
Rhimes will receive the award at the WGAW’s awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 14. The ceremony will be held simultaneously with the WGA, East’s awards show in New York City.
Rhimes’ only previous WGA Award came in the Best New Series category in 2006 for “Grey’s Anatomy,” which was also nominated that year and the following year.
WGAW president Chris Keyser said in a statement on Wednesday:
“Few writers in television have had the impact on the medium that Shonda Rhimes has. Her ability to create, consistently, television that is, at once, excellent, provocative and crowd-pleasing is almost the least of it. She is a breaker of barriers. On screen, she has taken us places that were previously off limits, giving voice to characters who had been voiceless and tackling issues and touching nerves without fear. Off screen, she has been a mentor to a generation of writers – some of whom are women, some of whom are writers of color – all of whom will look to her as a pioneer in a business that is now more diverse and more vibrant because she played her part.”