Two of ABC’s biggest shows are about to go through a major shuffle at the top, as it has been revealed by Deadline, that Krista Vernoff will be stepping down as the executive producer and showrunner of “Grey’s Anatomy” and its spin-off series, “Station 19”.
Recipient of the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Television Series and nominated for multiple Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is considered one of the great television shows of our time. The high-intensity medical drama, now in its 19th season, follows Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.
Krista Vernoff said in a statement:
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to be entrusted to run Grey’s Anatomy for the past six years and Station 19 for the last four. The passion of the dedicated fandoms and the impact that these shows have on hearts and minds cannot be overstated. The amount of talent in these two extraordinary casts and these two brilliant writers rooms is beyond measure — and these crews work magic week after week.”
Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals, said in a statement:
“Krista Vernoff has poured her heart and soul into Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, and her voice has been pivotal to the success of these beloved series. It takes a formidable leader to run two shows simultaneously and Krista has done so effortlessly. Her creative force has left an indelible mark and thanks to her, our viewers will continue to be invested in these dynamic and cherished characters for many years to come.”
The shows creator, executive producer and original showrunner Shonda Rhimes, also added:
“Krista’s creativity, vision and dedicated leadership have allowed Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 to continue to flourish. I am incredibly grateful to her for all her hard work. She will always remain part of the Shondaland family.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” are some of ABC and Hulu’s most-watched shows, with the show also pulling in huge numbers on Netflix in the US. Internationally both shows are released exclusively on Disney+ in many countries, including the UK and Australia.
Krista Vernoff will be continuing to make new content for Disney through her company, Trip the Light Productions, with several projects already in the works, including one at Hulu/Star.
A succession plan for who will replace her at both shows hasn’t yet been announced.
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