Shonda Rhimes to Receive Award for Television Writing Achievement

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The Scandal showrunner will be honored by the WGAW for writing, producing, and breaking barriers.

Shonda Rhimes continues to be recognized for her achievement and impact in the television industry. Less than a week after being honored by The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline reports that the Scandal showrunner and How To Get Away With Murder producer will be receiving the Writer's Guild of America West's 2015 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Achievement.

"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,"said WGAW president Chris Keyser. 

Rhimes recently addressed at the audience The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast saying that she recognized that it was only through the achievements of women before her that she has been able to break through the glass ceiling in entertainment. This ability to break through barriers is the same reason why the WAGW will be honoring her as well.

"She is a breaker of barriers. She is, in every way, the embodiment of the qualities that the Television Laurel celebrates, and her Guild is proud to welcome her into the select group of writers so honored," Keyser said.

The Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Achievement will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 14. Congratulations, Shonda!

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