Hello Sunshine (company)

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Hello Sunshine
Private
Industry Media
Founded 2016; 2 years ago (2016)
Founder Reese Witherspoon
Seth Rodsky
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Sarah Harden (CEO)
Services
Parent Otter Media
Subsidiaries
  • Pacific Standard
Website hello-sunshine.com

Hello Sunshine is an American media company founded by American actress Reese Witherspoon and Strand Equity founder & director Seth Rodsky in 2016. Pacific Standard, the production company Witherspoon co-founded with Bruna Papandrea in 2012, now serves as a subsidiary for Hello Sunshine.[1] On July 10, 2018, its co-owner AT&T through its communications division announced the launch of an Hello Sunshine branded cable and satellite television channel Hello Sunshine Channel focused on women similar to Oprah Winfrey Network.[2][3][4][5] Since August 7, 2018, the company has been part of WarnerMedia, after AT&T acquired The Chernin Group's 50% controlling stake in Otter Media.[6]

History[edit]

In 2000, Witherspoon founded production company Type A Films, which she merged with Bruna Papandrea's Make Movies banner to create a new production company entitled Pacific Standard in 2012.[7] Together, they produced Oscar nominated films Gone Girl, Wild, and HBO drama series Big Little Lies. In 2016, Witherspoon and Papandrea split up, with Witherspoon gaining full control over the company.[8]

In November 2016, Witherspoon and Otter Media formed Hello Sunshine, a joint venture focused on telling female-driven stories on film, TV and digital platforms. Pacific Standard has become a subsidiary for the company.[1] The company's CEO is media and tech industry executive Kerry Tucker.[9]

In addition to producing content, Hello Sunshine also curates a book club called Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine[10]. Witherspoon announces a new book pick every month on her Instagram and the book club is aimed to bring women's stories forward. The book club has over 500 thousand followers on Instagram as well as more than 70 thousand followers on Facebook. Hello Sunshine also had a Filmmaker Lab to teach 20 girls aged 13-18 the art of film making. [11]

On social media platforms Facebook Watch and IGTV, Hello Sunshine has released three short-form unscripted series focussing on female successes. In April 2018, Hello Sunshine launched the podcast How It Is hosted by American actress Diane Guerrero.

In July 2018, Hello Sunshine launched the talk show Shine On with Reese on DirecTV hosted by Witherspoon in her first unscripted series. The show is a one-on-one interview between Witherspoon and a female guest focussing on how she achieved her dreams.

Upcoming projects[edit]

Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will continue to produce the projects they have in development together including Luckiest Girl Alive at Lionsgate/Summit, All Is Not Forgotten at Warner Bros, and Ashley’s War at Fox 2000. They also will continue to work together under Pacific Standard’s overall deal at ABC.[8]

In May 2017, it was reported Hello Sunshine has set up to produce two novels, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman.[12]

As of 2018, Hello Sunshine has six TV series in development, three for Apple [13] [14] [15], one for Hulu [16] one for Amazon [17] and one for ABC.[18] Witherspoon will star in two shows and will serve as an executive producer on all six shows. Furthermore, it was announced that Hello Sunshine was filming a documentary about Martina Navratilova, one of the best tennis players of all time. [19] Zendaya will star in an adaption of the novel The Gilded Years called A White Lie. [20]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film title Director Gross (worldwide) Notes
2014 Wild Jean-Marc Vallée $52.5 million Produced as Pacific Standard; Nominated for two Academy Awards
2014 Gone Girl David Fincher $369.3 million Produced as Pacific Standard; Nominated for one Academy Award
2015 Hot Pursuit Anne Fletcher $51.7 million Produced as Pacific Standard
TBA A White Lie TBA N/A
TBA Untitled Martina Navratilova documentary TBA N/A

Television[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2017-present Big Little Lies HBO Produced as Pacific Standard;

Season 1 Nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards, won eight

Season 2: Post-production

2018-present Shine On with Reese DirecTV
2018 Master the Mess DirecTV
TBA Untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston morning show drama series Apple Pre-production
TBA Little Fires Everywhere Hulu Pre-production
TBA Are You Sleeping Apple Filming
TBA Untitled Colleen McGuinness comedy series Apple Pre-production
TBA Daisy Jones & The Six Amazon Pre-production
TBA Untitled Sara Saedi comedy series ABC In development

Web series[edit]

Year Title Platform Notes
2018 Handmade*mostly Facebook Watch
2018 Turning Point Facebook Watch
2018 How It Is Apple Podcast
2018 Meet My Mom Facebook Watch and IGTV

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Busch, Anita. "Reese Witherspoon, Otter Media Pact For New Company Hello Sunshine". Deadline.
  2. ^ https://seekingalpha.com/pr/17211694-t-reese-witherspoons-hello-sunshine-announce-launch-vod-channel-spotlighting-female-creators
  3. ^ https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/reese-witherspoon-shine-on-with-reese-hello-sunshine-att-directv-1202868192/
  4. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/07/reese-witherspoon-shine-on-series-hello-sunshine-directv-u-verse-channel-1202423660/#comment-list-wrapper
  5. ^ http://start.att.net/exclusive/hello-sunshine/shine-on?partner=LinkShare&siteId=TnL5HPStwNw-YqaEOa6CaElEt0SdrjfLFw&source=ECay0000000CEL00O
  6. ^ "AT&T Acquires Full Ownership of Otter Media". August 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Borys Kit (March 18, 2012). "Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Panadrea Merge Production Companies to Create Pacific Standard". Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ a b Fleming, Mike. "'Gone Girl' Producers Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea Parting". Deadline.
  9. ^ Robehmed, Natalie. "Reese Witherspoon Launches New Multimedia Venture With Peter Chernin And AT&T". Forbes.
  10. ^ "Hello Sunshine". Hello Sunshine. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  11. ^ "Fresh Films | Programs". fresh-films.com. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Sets Two Novels For Screen". Deadline.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-11-08). "Apple Gives Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston Morning Show Series 2-Season Order, Confirms 'Amazing Stories' Reboot". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-05-02). "'Are You Sleeping' Drama Starring Octavia Spencer Gets Apple Series Order; Reese Witherspoon & Peter Chernin Producing". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-06-20). "Kristen Wiig Exits Apple Comedy Series Because Of 'Wonder Woman' Conflict, Project Eyes Recasting". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-03-12). "Hulu Nabs 'Little Fires Everywhere' Limited Series Starring Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-07-25). "Amazon Orders 'Daisy Jones & The Six' Limited Series From Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine & 'Disaster Artist' Writers". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  18. ^ Otterson, Joe (2018-10-12). "Sara Saedi Memoir 'Americanized' in Development as ABC Comedy With Reese Witherspoon Producing". Variety. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  19. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2018-05-15). "Reese Witherspoon Producing Documentary On Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  20. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (2017-11-14). "Zendaya To Star In 'A White Lie,' Pitch Package From Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-20.

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