Friday, June 8, 2018

Shonda Rhimes Sets Anna Delvey Series as First Netflix Project

Nearly a year after signing a content deal with the streaming service, Shonda Rhimes and Netflix have acquired the rights to the New York Magazine story "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People" by Jessica Pressler. The series adaptation would be the first show Rhimes has created for Netflix.

The article published last month details how Anna Delvey conned rich people and banks into giving her money by posing as a wealthy German heiress, using their cash to live a lavish, high-society lifestyle. Her con was eventually discovered, and she was arrested and charged with grand larceny. She is currently being held without bond at New York's Rikers Island prison.

Shonda Rhimes will write the series adaptation - the first new show she has created since ABC's Scandal. Shondaland will produce.

In August 2017, Rhimes inked a nine-figure deal with Netflix. The mega-deal saw her leave her 15-year home at ABC Studios, where she created hits Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. She also served as an executive producer on Private Practice, Off the Map, How to Get Away With Murder, The Catch, Still Star-Crossed, For the People and Station 19. She will remain an executive producer on her remaining ABC series as well.