Watch Shonda Rhimes' MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year Keynote Conversation
Photo Credit: S & A

Watch Shonda Rhimes' MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year Keynote Conversation

Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is MIPCOM’s 2016 Personality of the Year (MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms that takes place in October, in the South of France).

The internationally respected Rhimes, whose TV credits include ABC Studios’ “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Private Practice,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “The Catch,” was honored at a gala dinner for leading international television executives at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, on Wednesday October 19, and was featured at a Media Mastermind Session in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals.

Rhimes’ slate of shows is distributed by Disney Media Distribution to over 250 territories in 67 languages. Through her production company Shondaland, she has dominated Thursday nights on ABC in the USA.

“Shonda Rhimes is an inspiring voice, a global creative icon and a role model in the industry,”said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed MIDEM, organiser of MIPCOM. “In recognition of her outstanding influence on the entertainment industry, we are honored to welcome her to Cannes as the MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year.”

“I have always been amazed by the power and global reach of television,” said Rhimes. “It is an incredible feeling to know that audiences around the world have enjoyed the shows and characters that I have created and I couldn’t be more honored to receive the MIPCOM Personality of the Year award.”



Rhimes joins a prestigious list of MIPCOM Personalities of the Year that includes Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Ted Turner, Pierre Lescure, Anne Sweeney, Leslie Moonves, Sumner Redstone and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The 32nd annual MIPCOM, the world’s entertainment content market, was held on October 17-20, 2016 at the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes, France.

Rhimes’ “Personality of the Year” keynote conversation at MIPCOM has now been made available online; watch the full 40-minute address, during which Rhimes talks briefly about her journey from childhood, as a girl with an imagination, to becoming one of the most powerful people in TV today below:

Shadow and Act is a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. With daily news, interviews, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, and more, Shadow and Act promotes content created by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

© 2022 Shadow & Act. All rights reserved.