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Reese Witherspoon Producing Comedy ‘Americanized’ About Undocumented Iranian Family From Sara Saedi At ABC
ABC has put in development Americanized, a half-hour comedy inspired by Sara Saedi’s memoir Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and ABC Studios, where Hello Sunshine has a broadcast overall deal.
Written by Saedi (iZombie), Americanized tells the story of a loving and off-beat Iranian family who’s been living with a huge secret: they’re undocumented immigrants. Told through an irreverent, heartfelt and a-political lens, the series will give viewers a window into the life of a Middle-Eastern household while exploring the universal truths that bond every type of “American” family.
In the book, Saedi shares her story of growing up in San Jose, California in a loving Iranian family and her shock when she discovers she and the rest of her family are undocumented.
Saidi executive produces with Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter. ABC Studios is the studio.
The deal comes nine years after ABC took a stab at an Iranian family comedy with Funny In Farsi, based on Firoozeh Dumas’s “Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America.” The project went to a pilot directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, marking the first pilot order for producer Aaron Kaplan, but did not make the cut to series.
In the past few years, ABC has been looking to expand its family comedy brand to better represent different sections of American society. The network successfully launched an African-American family comedy with Black-ish, an Asian American family comedy with Fresh Off the Boat and also tried to find another hit Latinx family comedy with Cristela. In addition to Americanized, ABC also is developing multi-generational Latinx family comedy Food and Familia from Peter Murrieta and Overbrook Entertainment starring Danny Trejo whose life inspired it.
In addition to the CW’s iZombie, Saedi previously wrote for Fox’s The Goodwin Games. She is now on the upcoming ABC/ABC Studios drama Grand Hotel. Saedi is repped by Gersh and Nacelle Company.
Hello Sunshine’s series portfolio includes a limited series at Hulu from Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller Little Fires Everywhere; a comedy series for Apple created by Colleen McGuinness and inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short-story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It; Apple series Are You Sleeping, executive produced by and starring Octavia Spencer; a limited series adaptation of the novel Daisy Jones & The Six for Amazon; and an Untitled Morning Show series at Apple produced by and starring Jennifer Aniston and Witherspoon. The company is repped by CAA and Gretchen Rush.
Inc.com have published their list of their 100 most impressive female entrepreneurs, and Reese is included:
100 Women Making Money, Creating Jobs and Changing the World
They are scientists, creatives, MBAs, data-nerds, and visionaries. For some, it’s the first time they’ve ever started a company. Others have been at this for decades. The Female Founders 100 are the entrepreneurs Inc. has been most intrigued by in the last year, whose smarts are rattling industries far and wide.
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Every year seems like Witherspoon’s year, but the past few set records. In 2016, she launched Hello Sunshine, a new storytelling vehicle that aims to change the narrative around women–then went on to produce, star in, and win Emmys for HBO’s Big Little Lies while running her fashion and homewares brand, Draper James. Whether it’s through Hulu and Apple TV–she’s locked in development deals with both–her own on-demand TV channel, or her book club rivaling Oprah’s, Witherspoon is channeling her smarts and financial power to fix the gender imbalance in entertainment.
Reese Witherspoon’s life mirrors ‘Sweet Home Alabama’
Reese Witherspoon’s life imitated her 2002 movie “Sweet Home Alabama.”
“When I read the script I was like, ‘Do these people know my life story?’” Witherspoon said at The Town Hall in New York on Monday night while promoting her new book, “Whiskey in a Teacup,” with Woodford Reserve.
“Because no matter how much you love where you’re from, when you get a little bit older you get nostalgic for it. When I was 18, I was like, ‘I am out of here! I am never coming back!’”
“Sweet Home Alabama” starred Witherspoon as a New York fashion designer who returned home to Alabama to get her estranged husband (Josh Lucas) to sign divorce papers so she could marry the mayor’s son, played by Patrick Dempsey.
“When I was going through ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ I was like, ‘This is exactly how so many young people feel. You want to leave home and then you realize that there’s so many important things about the closeness of family or people who knew you before.’ And I feel really like that movie really encapsulated those ideas. And it was a lot of fun. It was so much fun. I had a great time doing it.”
Witherspoon, 42, added that she never thought she would move back to Nashville after leaving to pursue her acting dreams, but when she started having kids she had a change of heart. She later bought and lived on a working farm.
“I went real ‘Little House on the Prairie’ there for a moment because I was so nostalgic for home,” she said with a laugh.
Reese kicked off her tour to launch her lifestyle book ‘Whiskey In A Teacup’ today, and started in New York City. She’s given several press interviews, and appeared on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Reese chatted about her book and Big Little Lies on both shows, and also chatted about Legally Blonde 3, being a good hostess, and her kids going back to school during GMA. Then on Jimmy Fallon she participated in a very funny Lip Sync Charades with Lenny & Zoe Kravitz!
This post contains coverage from GMA and Jimmy Fallon, and we’ll have more press interviews posted for you soon…
• Good Morning America – September 17th 2018 (Stills) x13
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Sep 10, 2018 • Category: Hello Sunshine
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Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to Launch Female-Centric Podcast Network
Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine production company are making a push into podcasts.
Hello Sunshine has inked an exclusive partnership with Rooster Teeth to power the genre studio’s network of female-centric podcasts, known as The Beam.
As part of the deal, Hello Sunshine will expand its slate of podcast programming. The company already offers How It Is, which tells the personal stories of high-profile women. The show, hosted by actress and author Diane Guerrero, will return for its second season in October as part of the lineup for The Beam. Hello Sunshine is also launching the first season of the half-hour My Best Breakup, hosted by Maeve Higgins. It also will debut in October.
“Rooster Teeth’s track record in effectively connecting brands with specific audiences makes them our perfect partner as we work together to expand the reach and influence of original and distinctive female voices in podcasting,” Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden said Wednesday in a statement.
The two companies are connected via a corporate owner. Rooster Teeth is owned by WarnerMedia division Otter Media, which also holds a minority ownership stake in Hello Sunshine.
Rooster Teeth’s podcast sales division, The Roost, will handle sales and support for The Beam’s lineup.The Roost also works with such podcasts as Rooster Teeth Podcast, Dude Soup and Off Topic.
“It is a great privilege for us to welcome Hello Sunshine to The Roost network of creators,” said Rooster Teeth senior vp business development Alan Abdine. “Their content is powerful, personal, vital, and engaging, and we can’t wait to support their continued growth and evolution.”
Aug 18, 2018 • Category: Career
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The World’s Highest-Paid Actresses 2018: Scarlett Johansson Steals The Spotlight With $40.5 Million
Move over Emma Stone, Tinseltown has a new highest-paid actress. Scarlett Johansson leads this year’s ranking with $40.5 million in pretax earnings between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, making her acting’s top-earning female lead.
Playing Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers movies has become a lucrative role for Johansson, who quadruples her 2017 earnings to bump Stone from No. 1. She’ll return onscreen for the fourth installment of the superhero conglomerate series in 2019.
“The percent of budget cost have certainly skewed heavy, particularly on the Avengers movies, to cast now, whereas maybe in the early ones it was more visual effects or below the line,” said Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President and producer last year. “But that’s okay because [the actors] are the best effects.”
Johansson edges Angelina Jolie (No. 2; $28 million) who returns to the ranking thanks largely to her upfront pay for Maleficent 2. Jennifer Aniston (No. 3; $19.5 million) still earns big bucks 14 years after the conclusion of Friends, making most of her money by endorsing the likes of Emirates airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Expect her paycheck to skyrocket next year when production begins on her forthcoming Apple series with Reese Witherspoon (No. 5; $16.5 million), for which the pair will receive an estimated $1.25 million an episode.
Just ahead of Witherspoon, who rejoins the list with movie earnings and Big Little Lies paychecks, is Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games actress’ two most recent movies, Mother! and Red Sparrow, underperformed at the box office. But she still commands big bucks for her turns in the X-Men series and a high-paying Dior contract.
Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $186 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes. Earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Overall, the cumulative total is up 16% from $172.5 million in 2017.
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Aug 18, 2018 • Category: Charity
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Reese Witherspoon, Keith Urban on board for cancer telethon
Reese Witherspoon, Mahershala Ali and Keith Urban are among the stars joining the sixth Stand Up To Cancer telethon.
Jennifer Garner, Trevor Noah, Marlee Matlin, Matthew McConaughey and organization co-founder Katie Couric also will take part in the Sept. 7 fundraiser.
Stand Up To Cancer said Thursday that this year’s live, hour-long telecast commemorates 10 years of raising awareness and more than $480 million to fund innovative research.
Bradley Cooper is returning as co-executive producer of the event, which will be carried commercial-free by major broadcast networks and cable channels in the U.S. and Canada and on streaming platforms.
In a statement, Cooper noted that his family has been touched by cancer and called it a privilege to be back with the telethon. His father, Charles J. Cooper, had lung cancer and died in 2011.
The telecast “showcases the significant progress being made in the fight against cancer, instilling hope in those facing the disease,” Bradley Cooper said.
Others participating in the Stand Up to Cancer broadcast include Kathy Bates, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Maria Menounos, Jillian Michaels, Dak Prescott, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Karla Souza and David Spade.
Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the philanthropic Entertainment Industry Foundation, was established in 2008 by media and entertainment leaders to accelerate research and get new therapies to patients quickly.
Among other achievements, it’s funded research that has contributed to federal approval of five new cancer treatments, including for breast, ovarian, pancreatic and some difficult-to-treat leukemias, the group said.
CAA Sets Rare Public Event With Reese Witherspoon, Jenny Han Among Attendees
CAA has set a new consumer-driven event, Let’s Discuss Live, an afternoon of programming designed to bring readers together with some of today’s most relevant storytellers, thought leaders, entertainers, and innovators for a series of conversations about what’s new and next in the world of books.
Let’s Discuss Live will be held Sept. 16, 2018, in New York City during the Brooklyn Book Festival.
The event marks a rarity for talent agencies, which rarely open their doors to the public.
The lineup will be highlighted by Reese Witherspoon in conversation with bestselling author and comedian Mamrie Hart to discuss their Southern roots and the inspiration behind Witherspoon’s first book, “Whiskey in a Teacup,” before it goes on sale to the public.
“Let’s Discuss LIVE creates an opportunity for our dynamic authors to gather and explore the themes of their books, alongside readers who want to hear conversations as diverse as their own reading lists,” said Kate Childs, executive, CAA Books department.
Other expected to speak will include Jenny Han, Jessica Knoll, Deray Mckesson, and Mark Manson.
Let’s Discuss Live is an extension of the author-driven book events that CAA produces in collaboration with publishing houses. Since adding the service offering in late 2016, CAA has orchestrated multi-city national tours on behalf of former Vice President Joe Biden in support of his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad”; Chrissy Metz’s for “This is Me”; Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush for “Sisters First”; and a first-of-its-kind experiential tour on behalf of internet personality Connor Franta’s “Note to Self,” among others.