Rhimes is currently the most successful producer in US TV and has a slew of network shows among her credits, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and from this year’s ABC line-up, Romeo and Juliet-inspired drama Still Star Crossed.
Her shows, distributed by Disney Media Distribution and largely produced by her Shondaland prodco, are also hits on networks around the world.
Rhimes said: “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.”
The US executive will be in Cannes to receive the award, with a gala dinner in her honour on the Wednesday of the market.
She will also give a Media Mastermind address in the Grand Auditorium during the week of MIPCOM.
“Shonda Rhimes is an inspiring voice, a global creative icon and a role model in the industry,” said Paul Zilk, CEO of MIPCOM organiser Reed Midem.