*Producer Shonda Rhimes can add another award to her trophy case.
The executive producer of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” will receive the 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.
Rhimes previously received the Norman Felton award for outstanding producer of episodic television drama from the Producers Guild for her work on “Grey’s.”
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the most passionate and insightful storytellers in entertainment today. Her pioneering work on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal,’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ has redefined the role of women in media and spurred the debate about diversity in television,” said co-chairs Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd in a statement. “Like the intelligent, strong, and fearless characters she creates, Shonda is a true force to be reckoned with and we are privileged to honor her with this year’s Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
Added Rhimes: “To be the recipient of an award bestowed upon me by my peers in the PGA is truly an honor. The fact that the award is named after a legendary producer whose work has had such an inspiring effect on my growth as a writer is genuinely gratifying. I couldn’t be more grateful for this special recognition.”
Last year the same award went to Rhimes’ fellow “Grey’s Anatomy” executive producer Mark Gordon.
Previous recipients include Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett and Norman Lear, himself.
Rhimes first book, Year of Yes, comes out Nov. 10.