The Hollywood Reporter is set to honor Shonda Rhimes for her contributions to television and women in entertainment at an event next month. The leader of Shondaland will the receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which recognizes "a woman who is a pioneer and leader in her industry."
"Over the past decade, Shonda Rhimes has completely redefined the way women are perceived on television — and therefore in society too," Sherry Lansing said. "She’s created iconic roles for women; and she’s also been a pioneering force in leading the way for African-American women in the media. She’s a creative, intellectual and artistic powerhouse, and I’m thrilled she’ll receive the award that carries my name."
Rhimes was featured on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter's October issue as "TV's savior." Her production company, Shondaland, has been virtually ruling Thursday night television with three hit shows on ABC: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.
Rhimes will join other media powerhouses who've received this prestigious award, including Oprah Winfrey who was the 2013 honoree.
"Shonda Rhimes represents a unique embodiment of the spirit and value of the Women in Entertainment initiative," said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group. “As a person whose creativity, talent and drive transcend boundaries, Shonda is fearless in her career, owning the Hollywood conversation with her portrayal of diverse, strong female characters. I’m truly honored this extraordinary woman is helping us carry this torch.”
The Sherry Lansing Award will be presented to Rhimes at the 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast on Dec. 10 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.