Starz Developing ‘Kin’ Drama With Davita Scarlett & Reese Witherspoon

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Starz has put in development Kin, a multi-generational family drama from writer Davita Scarlett (Queen Sugar, Constantine) and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine.
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Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective and Otter Media Invest in Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine

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Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine has received new investment from Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective and Otter Media, which had previously invested in the company.

The total investment figure was not disclosed.

Hello Sunshine said it will use the investments to support the creation and discovery of premium IP that celebrates women, which it plans to distribute across multiple social platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.

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“We are extremely proud to extend our relationship with Otter Media, who has been a devoted partner since the beginning,” Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden said in a statement. “We are truly honored to begin working alongside the team at Emerson Collective given their commitment to supporting impactful storytelling.”

“We very intentionally chose strategic investors who passionately and unequivocally support our mission of changing the landscape for women by putting them at the center of every narrative we create, elevate and champion,” Harden added.

“Hello Sunshine has built a unique platform for female storytellers,” Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves said. “Fans love Hello Sunshine for its commitment to making women’s stories come to life and we are proud to continue supporting them through the next chapter of their journey.”

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Founded by Witherspoon and Seth Rodsky in 2016, Hello Sunshine has helped produce HBO’s Emmy-Award winning “Big Little Lies,” the limited series “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu, Amazon’s limited series “Daisy Jones and the Six,” and two of Apple’s upcoming series, “Are You Sleeping” and the “Untitled Morning Show Project.”

In addition to its video content, Hello Sunshine recently completed a 10 city live tour “Hello Sunshine x Together Live” and has entered into a partnership with philanthropist Eve Rodsky whose debut book “Fair Play: The 5 New Rules to Revolutionize Your Marriage, Home and Sense of Purpose” will be published in fall 2019.

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Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective Buys Stake In Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine; Otter Media Ups Its Stake

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Rachel Spiegelman Exits Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine as Head of Brand Studios

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Rachel Spiegelman is exiting Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine after a six-month stint as the company’s head of brand studios, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap on Tuesday.

Hello Sunshine has yet to disclose the circumstances to why Spiegelman is no longer with the company, however, according to the person familiar with the matter, Spiegelman wasn’t driving enough business.

Spiegelman’s replacement has yet to be named.

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Spiegelman did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Spiegelman, who was hired in May, was responsible for setting creative partnerships at the company. Prior to Hello Sunshine, Spiegelman worked at 20th Century Fox, and MTV Networks. Most recently, she served as CEO for the advertising agency Pitch.

Founded by Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon in 2016, Hello Sunshine is owned by AT&T through its Otter Media brand. The company has produced programming for ABC, Hulu, Amazon, Facebook Watch, and Instagram’s IGTV. It is also producing three projects for Apple’s upcoming streaming service, which include a yet to be titled 10-episode scripted series starring SNL alum Kristen Wiig;  “Are You Sleeping,” a thriller series starring Octavia Spencer; and an untitled series starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

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Reese Witherspoon to Host New Interview Show ‘Shine on With Reese’ for AT&T

Reese Witherspoon to Host New Interview Show ‘Shine on With Reese’ for AT&T

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Reese Witherspoon is entering the unscripted territory with a new interview show for AT&T, the company announced on Tuesday.

Witherspoon is the host of “Shine on With Reese,” a weekly interview show examining the stories of trailblazing women. Among the guests set to appear are singers Dolly Parton, Pink and Kacey Musgraves; Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson; poet Cleo Wade; “Superstore” actress America Ferrara; and author/activist Glennon Doyle.

The show will premiere new episodes weekly, beginning July 17 on a new women-centric on-demand channel Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner is set to launch on DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse.

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Hello Sunshine’s on-demand channel will also debut the comedic home design show “Master the Mess,” starring Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of the decluttering business The Home Edit. It is set to premiere on Sept. 4.

“I am thrilled to have such like-minded, creative collaborators at AT&T to help Hello Sunshine pursue our mission of elevating and showcasing the voices of women that we have such admiration and respect for,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “I am so excited for the world to experience the stories from our partnership with AT&T, which are set to be equal parts entertaining, inspiring, thought-provoking and unabashedly real.”

“AT&T was one of our first partners in the quest to bring female-centric storytelling to the forefront and we are especially proud of how these original series push that mission ahead,” said Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden. “We’re looking forward to working with AT&T to develop more opportunities for women to see themselves and their stories reflected in entertainment.”

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The new show comes at an especially busy time for Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine, which currently has a number of TV projects in the works including a second season of the HBO drama “Big Little Lies” and the limited series adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel “Little Fires Everywhere” with Kerry Washington at Hulu.

At Apple alone, Witherspoon is executive producing a thriller series about true crime podcasts starring Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan called “Are You Sleeping”; a currently untitled morning show drama that she’s both producing and starring in with Jennifer Aniston; and a comedy based on Curtis Sittenfield’s short stories, which was put after lead Kristen Wiig exited the project due to scheduling conflicts with “Wonder Woman: 1984.”

Witherspoon is also set to star in and produce “Legally Blonde 3,” which is slated for a February 2020 premiere.

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Reese Witherspoon To Host ‘Shine On’ Female Profile Series For Hello Sunshine VOD Channel On DirecTV With AT&T

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After 2017’s Emmy-winning success of HBO’s Big Little Lies and the timely Meet My Mom on Facebook Watch earlier this year, Reese Witherspoon’s female-focused Hello Sunshine shingle is about to put the Oscar winner’s inaugural unscripted ser…

Lizzy Caplan to Star Opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple Drama ‘Are You Sleeping’

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Lizzy Caplan has a grabbed a lead role opposite Octavia Spencer in “Are You Sleeping,” Apple’s upcoming Reese Witherspoon-produced 10-episode thriller drama series, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.
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Reese Witherspoon’s Contest With Her Kids: Spot All the Gender Disparity on TV

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Reese Witherspoon undoubtedly plays lots of games with her children, but this is by far the most woke children’s game we’ve ever heard of.

The actress told a reporter for Fast Company about an exercise she does with her family when they watch TV — a rare occurrence — to measure gender disparity on screen.

After the group views a a commercial — like a recent Adidas spot that showed athletes, models, and DJs discussing what was cool around a table — Witherspoon will press pause and say to her kids, “What did you see?”

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In response to this particular ad, the children said “they saw a mix of people who were interesting and creative. And I said, ‘You know what I see? Three women and 13 men at the table. That’s what I see.’ “

Witherspoon says her family has asked her to play the ad over again to make sure she was right — and she usually is. “Now my husband sees it all the time,” Witherspoon said. “You just have to ask yourself, ‘What am I not seeing?’”

The article also discussed Witherspoon’s attempts to challenge the patriarchy when pitching TV and film projects under her Hello Sunshine banner, essentially asking studios to perform the same exercise as her children.

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For her upcoming Zendaya-led flick “A White Lie,” Witherspoon hired TV screenwriter and producer Monica Beletsky to adapt the period piece about Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned African-American woman at the turn of the 20th century, into a thriller. Beletsky, who is half black and half Jewish, made multimedia production pitches to potential buyers that included images from the time period, thoughts on identity and  Zendaya’s personal take on”colorism.”

Lauren Neustadter, Hello Sunshine’s head of TV and film development, told Fast Company, “At the end of one meeting, a potential buyer said, ‘Well, the good news is that we’re living in a world where people are more open-minded.’”

Neustadter said the comment upset Witherspoon, who asked her assistant to gather recent photos of the boards of big companies and Congress. These were included in the second pitch meeting, which focused on the disparity we still see today. “‘Reese got very emotional and she said to the room, ‘We wish that we lived in a world where that was different,’” Neustadter told Fast Company.

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Reese Witherspoon Producing Documentary On Professional Tennis Player Martina Navratilova

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Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Launches ‘Meet My Mom’ On Facebook Watch

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Hello Sunshine, a media company focused on telling female-driven stories, is launching a new short-form series on Facebook Watch that’s timed to coincide with Mother’s Day.
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Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington to Lead ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ TV Adaptation

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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are set to lead an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s best-selling novel “Little Fires Everywhere” for ABC Signature Studios, a person with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

The potential limited series is currently being shopped around to multiple premium cable and streaming networks.

“Little Fires Everywhere” — which Witherspoon chose as her book club pick when it was released last September — follows the controversy that ensues when a Chinese-American baby is adopted in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The story focuses specifically on the drama surrounding a mysterious single mother, Mia, and her landlord. It was an instant New York Times Best Seller and landed on several best-of-2017 book lists.

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Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce under the actress’ Hello Sunshine banner, with Washington also executive producing alongside her Simpson Street head Pilar Savone. Liz Tigelaar (“Life Unexpected,” “Bates Motel,” “Casual”) will pen the script, and serve as showrunner and another executive producer. Ng will receive a producing credit.

Hello Sunshine and ABC Signature will co-produce the adaptation.

While Washington is about to end her time as Olivia Pope when the final season of “Scandal” wraps later this spring, Witherspoon is gearing up for the second season of “Big Little Lies” and working on multiple TV projects with Apple.

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Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Names Sarah Harden CEO

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Sarah Harden has officially been named CEO of Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine. “From the moment I met Sarah Harden, I have been in awe of her vast understanding of business development and digital media brands around specific communities,” Witherspoon said. “Sarah is a force of nature. Not only does she believe that women […]

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Names Sarah Harden CEO

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Former Otter Media president Sarah Harden, who had been serving as interim CEO of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner since June, is joining the company full-time in the top position.
“From the moment I met Sarah Harden, I have been in awe of her vast understanding of business development and digital media brands around specific communities,” said Witherspoon. “Sarah is a force of nature. Not only does she believe that women should have every opportunity to succeed…

Kristen Wiig to Lead New Reese Witherspoon Comedy Series for Apple

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Reese Witherspoon has another series headed to Apple and this one boasts Kristen Wiig as its lead, a source close to production told TheWrap.

Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine-produced project is Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the show has received a 10-episode order by the tech company.

The untitled show marks Wiig’s first regular TV series role since she exited “Saturday Night Live” in 2012.

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Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, with Wiig also receiving an EP credits on the series. Colleen McGuinness created the show and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Sittenfeld will act as consulting producer.

This marks the third project Apple has ordered from Hello Sunshine, including Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s morning show drama and Octavia Spencer’s “Are You Sleeping,” which is co-produced by Chernin Entertainment.

Those series join the tech companies lineup of originals, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” Ron Moore’s space drama, the drama “See” from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, and the docuseries “Home” from Matt Tyrnauer and Matthew Weaver.

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