Shonda Rhimes Makes the Best of It
Shonda Rhimes sure knows how to make the best of a good thing. The 46-year- old TV mogul’s Shondaland empire just got a little larger while teaming up with Archipelago Botanicals for the launch of a six-piece collection of candles that pay homage to her TV hits (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) as well as her book, The Year of Yes. Available in variety of scents, the candles retail for $45 each.
Rhimes, who is worth a reported $120 million, also said yes to a master class online that would give aspiring writers her secrets for just $90. Just two of her four TV properties—Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy—account for about 5% of ABC’s total ad revenue at upwards of $300 million a season. Fact is, together with her other shows—How To Get Away With Murder and The Catch—Rhimes dominates the 18-49 prime time female demographic.
The Chicago native is also generous with cast members. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo earns a reported $350k per episode. Chandra Wilson takes home $125K per episode as does James Pickens. Scandal star Kerry Washington reportedly rakes in $150K per episode.