Shondaland veteran Chris Van Dusen has signed a multi-year overall deal at Netflix, the streamer announced Monday.
Van Dusen will create new series and projects for Netflix under the deal, the first project being the previously announced, still untitled adaption of Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels. The project is described as a “smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.”
He will adapt, showrun, and executive produce the one-hour, straight-to-series drama, and Rhimes and Betsy Beers will also executive produce.
“I couldn’t be more excited about being a part of the creative powerhouse that is Shondaland at Netflix,” Van Dusen said in a press release.
“Bringing these irresistible books by Julia Quinn to the screen, with the fearless and talented team of storytellers I’ve been so fortunate to have worked alongside for so long, is a dream come true. I am grateful to have a home at Netflix, whose commitment to innovative, groundbreaking storytelling is unmatched,” he added.
Van Dusen most recently worked on the Shondaland series “Scandal” as co-executive producer, and began his writing career on “Grey’s Anatomy.” He’s also worked on “Private Practice” and “The Catch.”