SHONDA RHIMES, creator and executive producer
Shonda Rhimes is the creator and executive producer of the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice" and "Scandal." For her work on "Private Practice," Rhimes was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series in 2008, and won in the category in 2011. In its debut season, "Private Practice" was nominated for a 2008 People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite New TV Drama. For her work on "Grey's Anatomy," Rhimes received the 2007 Television Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America, the 2007 Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama, the 2007 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Women in Film, the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, the 2006 Writers Guild Award for Best New Series, in addition to Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and Writing for a Drama Series. Rhimes was also the recipient of the 2012 GLAAD Golden Gate Award, 2010 RAINN Hope Award and a 2009 GLSEN Respect Awards Honoree.
Aside from her success with network television, Rhimes wrote the feature film "Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement," released in August 2004 by Disney. Additionally her original script, "Crossroads," was released in 2002 by Paramount. She also co-wrote "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," produced by HBO and nominated for numerous awards -- and for which Halle Berry won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a miniseries for her portrayal of Dandridge. In 2004 Rhimes created her production company, Shondaland.
Rhimes worked as research director on the Tollin-Robbins/Mundy Lane documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream." It was nominated for an Emmy Award, an Academy Award and won the Peabody as well as the NAACP Image Award. She has been a guest speaker at the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she taught a course in scene writing.
Rhimes holds a BA from Dartmouth College in English literature with creative writing. As director of Dartmouth's Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association, her work earned numerous awards for excellence. She received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she was awarded the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship.
The child of educators, Rhimes blames her parents for her rampant addiction to books. The youngest of six, she was born and raised outside of Chicago, IL, and now resides in Los Angeles with her two daughters.
BETSY BEERS, executive producer
Betsy Beers is executive producer on the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice" and "Scandal." For her work on "Grey's Anatomy," Beers and her fellow producers were awarded the 2007 Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama, and received 2006 and 2007 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Beers has been nominated three times by the Producers Guild of America for their Television Producer of the Year Award. "Grey's Anatomy" has also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series.
Beers partnered with Shonda Rhimes and her company, Shondaland, to develop and produce additional feature film and television projects in 2009. Most recently she, along with Shondaland, has executive-produced the new hit political drama "Scandal" for ABC, chronicling the life of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who has dedicated herself to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite.
Before her exclusive foray into television, Beers was president of the Mark Gordon Company, where she oversaw the development and production of its feature film and television projects, including the development of "Grey's Anatomy." Additionally, she produced the feature films "The Hoax," with Richard Gere, and "Casanova," with Heath Ledger, both directed by Lasse Hallström.
Previously Beers was president of director Mike Newell's Dogstar Films, where she produced the films "200 Cigarettes," starring a stellar young cast including Ben Affleck, Dave Chapelle and Kate Hudson, and "Best Laid Plans," starring Reese Witherspoon. She also developed such films as the cult movie "High Fidelity," directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack, as well as "Pushing Tin," with Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie. Beers also served as executive producer on the movies "Safe Passage," with Susan Sarandon, and "Witchhunt," starring Dennis Hopper, with producer Gale Ann Hurd.
MARK GORDON, executive producer
Mark Gordon is an award-winning producer with more than 75 motion picture and television projects to his credit. In television, he serves as executive producer on the ABC series "Family Tools," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," CBS' "Criminal Minds," Lifetime's "Army Wives," and Showtime's "Ray Donovan."
Gordon's recent film projects include Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller, "Source Code," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and "The Details," with Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. Other film projects include "2012," which has grossed over $750 million worldwide, and "The Messenger," which garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Among Gordon's other motion picture credits as producer and financier are "Saving Private Ryan," "The Day After Tomorrow," "The Patriot," "Wonder Boys," "Tomb Raider," "Talk to Me," "The Painted Veil" and "Speed," to name just a few.
Gordon is a five-time Emmy nominee with two wins. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards with two wins. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan."
Gordon is the President of the Producers Guild of America and the founder of the Citizens of the World Charter Schools/. He serves on the boards of The Archer School for Girls, Virginia Film Festival, Chrysalis and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. He is the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles and a former board member of The UCLA Lab School.
ROB CORN, executive producer
Rob Corn has served as the line producer and frequent director on "Grey's Anatomy" since its inception. He began his career as an assistant director on feature films including "Weird Science," "The Three Amigos" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2." Transitioning to television, he worked on television movies, then moved to episodic, including "Civil Wars," "Coprock," the pilot for "NYPD Blue" (for which he won a DGA Award) and "Chicago Hope." While on "Chicago Hope," he became the production manager, then producer/director. Other producer credits include "Girls Club" and "Karen Sisco."
Corn has received five Emmy nominations, three for "Chicago Hope" (Outstanding Dramatic Series, 1995, 1996 & 1997) and two for "Grey's" (Outstanding Dramatic Series, 2006 & 2007).
He and his fellow producers on "Grey's Anatomy" have been nominated three times for the Producer of the Year Award by the Producers Guild of America, winning the award in 2007.
TONY PHELAN & JOAN RATER, executive producers
As television writers, Tony Phelan and his wife, Joan Rater, first staffed under Shaun Cassidy on "Cover Me" for the USA Network. They then worked for Glenn Gordon Caron on the Paramount/FBC series "Fling." Other credits include "The Court," "Push Nevada," "MD's," "10-8: Officers on Duty," "Threat Matrix" and "Law & Order: Trial By Jury." "Haunting Sarah," a thriller based on Lisa Grunwald's novel, New Years Eve, aired on Lifetime in 2006. They are currently adapting Kevin Guilfoile's novel, Cast of Shadows, into a feature film.
Phelan and Rater first collaborated on her live solo shows "Make the Brothers Stop," "Reality Check" "and "Binghamton," which developed a devoted following and toured the country. The husband and wife team enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run with their stage play "Good Will" at The Director's Company in 1998. Based on the Jane Smiley novella of the same name, the New York Times gave the production a rave review, hailing it as "touching and thought-provoking."
For their work on "Grey's Anatomy," Phelan and Rater have received a Golden Globe and a Writers Guild Award.
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