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Shonda Rhimes is Disney’s No. 1 Drama Money Maker

Solid profile of Shonda Rhimes by Meghan Casserly in the May 27 issue of Forbes. The 43-year-old single mother of two is Walt Disney Co.’s top network drama earner, per these rather staggering numbers:

Together, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy pull in more than $13 million in advertising for ABC each week – just shy of $300 million a season, or about 5% of the network’s total revenue. That’s not counting tens of millions more for Grey’s syndication or licensing in other countries, which Disney shares with Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand (Forbes estimates she earned $12 million this year).

But those numbers vastly understate her importance…

How so? You’ll have to read the rest of the article to find out. The piece includes a cheekily composed photo of Rhimes at the top of the page taken by Eric Pines and info about the volume of tweets-per-minute generated by Scandal fans during the show’s weekly broadcasts.

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