HUMANITAS Prize board member Julie Plec now the CW's Shonda Rhimes

If Shonda Rhimes has created a land and Greg Berlanti has created a universe, then Julie Plec has created a family.

As showrunner of three CW shows — The Vampire Diaries (Fridays at 8 p.m. ET), The Originals (Fridays at 9 p.m. ET), and Containment (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET) — Plec is making her mark on TV by creating characters and stories that generate some of the most passionate fandoms around. With one plot twist, Plec has the power to break hearts or inspire hope in fans across the world. Over the years, she’s done both.

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