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"Scandal" and "Grey’s Anatomy" creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes isn't just a woman of color succeeding in the upper echelons of an industry that remains very white and male, she's also consistently presented casts and characters that represent a diversity of race, class and sexuality. Her production company Shondaland has committed to diversity in behind the camera hires as well, which is why she and longtime producing partner Betsy Beers were selected to receive the Directors Guild of America's 2014 Diversity Award, given in recognition of commitment to diversity hiring and providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities in DGA-covered categories. The award was presented at the Directors Guild of America Awards this past Saturday in Los Angeles. Rhimes, who can be wonderfully outspoken about issues of race and gender, didn't disappoint, accepting the award by saying she and Beers were "really and truly profoundly honored to receive this award, »

- Alison Willmore

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