With the news this week that Shonda Rhimes is leaving ABC for Netflix, the streaming giant added yet another big name to its increasingly deep bench. ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy,’’ ‘‘How to Get Away With Murder’’ and the final season of ‘‘Scandal’’ will still air on ABC, but much of Rhimes’s work going forward will be dropped in bulk, in perfectly bingeable doses.
Since it began investing eye-popping amounts of cash in original programming, Netflix has quickly won over showrunners and filmmakers interested in getting financed with few strings attached. So Rhimes is in good company. Here’s a look at some of the other bigwigs who have made the leap.
Martin Scorsese — After Paramount balked at the $100 million price tag of Scorsese’s gangster film ‘‘The Irishman,’’ Netflix stepped in to finance the movie, which stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and Joe Pesci. Even with that budget, it’s hard to imagine that a project with so much talent to spare could be a risky bet for a Hollywood studio, and yet here we are. The drama is scheduled to be released in 2019.
The Coen brothers — The Oscar-winning duo can do blockbusters (“True Grit”) and cult hits (“The Big Lebowski”), but brothers Joel and Ethan have never written and directed for the small screen. That changes with ‘‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’’ a six-episode miniseries set in the Old West that’s slated for 2018.
Ava DuVernay — Before she filmed the forthcoming ‘‘A Wrinkle in Time,’’ one of Hollywood’s buzziest directors teamed with Netflix for last year’s Oscar-nominated documentary ‘‘13th.’’ DuVernay will again collaborate with the company, this time on a five-episode series about the innocent teens convicted in the infamous Central Park jogger case. The series airs in 2019.
David Fincher — The director behind ‘‘Se7en,’’ ‘‘Zodiac,’’ ‘‘Gone Girl,’’ and the pilot of Netflix’s ‘‘House of Cards’’ will return to a preferred theme — murder — for the series ‘‘Mindhunter,’’ about FBI agents who interview convicted serial killers to crack ongoing cases. It’s a little reminiscent of ‘‘Silence of the Lambs,’’ though the fact that Netflix has already renewed the series for a second season can only be a good sign. It debuts Oct. 13.
David Letterman — He’s refusing to get rid of his crazy beard, but at least the former late-night favorite has agreed to return to television. Each episode of the new series will have Letterman doing what he does best — grilling interviewees — though his special guests/victims haven’t yet been identified. The six episodes air next year.
Spike Lee — After working with Amazon on his film ‘‘Chi-Raq,’’ Lee is again headed to a streaming outlet, though this time he’ll be working on a series. ‘‘She’s Gotta Have It’’ is an update of Lee’s first feature film, about a woman juggling three men. The 10 30-minute episodes stream Nov. 23. (Amazon.com chief Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
Chuck Lorre — The man behind the megahit shows ‘‘The Big Bang Theory’’ and ‘‘Two and a Half Men,’’ among many other popular series, has two more shows on deck at Netflix. ‘‘Disjointed,’’ which streams Aug. 25, stars Kathy Bates as a pothead who has turned her favorite pastime into a business. The just-announced second series, ‘‘The Kominsky Method,’’ costars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin as a Hollywood acting coach and his cranky (we can only assume based on the casting) best friend.
Noah Baumbach — Netflix scooped up the rights to ‘‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’’ in April, shortly before the film got a warm reception at its Cannes Film Festival premiere. The movie stars another Netflix fixture, Adam Sandler, but in a much less inane role than you’ve seen him play lately. It follows a dysfunctional family and costars Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, and Ben Stiller.
Matt Groening — Having created ‘‘The Simpsons’’ — the longest-running US prime-time series ever — Groening must have seemed like a sure bet for Netflix, which is already dipping a toe into the waters of adult animated series with ‘‘Bojack Horseman’’ and ‘‘F Is for Family.’’ Groening’s ‘‘Disenchantment’’ is a fantasy set in a medieval kingdom where an idiosyncratic princess (Abbi Jacobson) gets up to high jinks with her buddies (voiced by Nat Faxon and Eric Andre). The first 10-episode season airs in 2018.