SHONDA RHIMES DISHES ON NETFLIX DEAL: Shonda Rhimes knows her worth. "I am the highest-paid showrunner in television," the 48-year-old acknowledged at Elle Magazine’s Women in Hollywood party Monday. Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron, Keira Knightley and Angela Bassett were also honored. She spoke of her and Ellen Pompeo’s determination to overturn gender and racial norms in television. Pompeo, of course, famously scored an epic $20 million deal with Rhimes’ guidance for Grey’s Anatomy. "Over the course of the seasons, Ellen and I went from believing that we were employees of a network to understanding that we were the network. In a world in which women of all colors are constantly forced to battle with men for equity and inclusion, we have the good fortune to work in an environment that we had nurtured and built with enough of our sweat and tears over enough years that we no longer needed to battle men to get to the top of a mountain," Rhimes said. "We just built our own mountains, and then we realized that all we had to do was equalize and include one another."
JIM HENSON COMPANY BOARDS KNIGHTS OF PANTERRA: The Jim Henson Company, behind classics like Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal, is joining Knights of Panterra, a live-action series based on the Dino Knights children’s books by Jeff Norton. The story, set in a universe where dinosaurs never went extinct, follows teenagers who must become freedom fighters to save their kingdom. Omnifilm Entertainment, ITV and Netflix are also committed to the family series.
LIONSGATE TO BOARD ROGER AILES MOVIE? Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes biopic got dropped by Annapurna earlier this month and it looks like Lionsgate may pick it up, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cast features John Lithgow as Ailes, Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, plus Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie (as Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and Kayla Pospisil, respectively).
CHARLIZE THERON CONDEMNS TRUMP: On the red carpet at Elle’s Women in Hollywood Monday, honoree Charlize Theron spoke out on President Donald Trump’s treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct. Theron said: "You don’t have to agree with her, but you don’t have to belittle her, you don’t have to do that. For me, it’s worse than high school to see an adult do that. Especially the leader of the free world. It’s sad."