Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes—the creative force behind ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”—will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2015 Paddy Chayefsy Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
Rhimes’ vocal commitment (as also seen on her Twitter) to diversifying race and women onscreen will be recognized at an upcoming ceremony on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Her many accolades including a PGA Award, a WGA Award, an AFI Award, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, a Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Women in Film, and numerous NAACP Image Awards for her writing and show-running. In 2013, Rhimes was appointed by President Obama to serve as Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Named after one of the most influential writers in entertainment history, the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement is the WGAW’s highest award for television writing, given to writers who have advanced the literature of television throughout the years and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer. Past Television Laurel Award recipients include Steven Bochco, Susan Harris, Stephen J. Cannell, David Chase and Larry David.