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How Reese Witherspoon Plans to Promote Female Directors and Writers Next Year
Reese Witherspoon is planning to take her mission to help women up a notch in 2018.
While at a holiday-themed event at the Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue flagship store — she’s a spokesperson for the jewelry company — the 41-year-old actress and mother of three said that women helping other woman is her top priority come the New Year.
“My production company Hello Sunshine is all based on telling stories about women by women,” she told PEOPLE. “So we want to create more opportunity and hire more female directors and more female writers.”
This year, the star famously produced and starred in the female-led HBO show Big Little Lies, which earned her several accolades already. Next up, in 2018, she’s starring alongside other powerful women such as Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling in A Wrinkle in Time, due out Mar. 9. “There’s a beautiful young woman at the center of the story, and it’s an epic story about good versus evil,” she explained.
She also announced plans to produce Luckiest Girl Alive, a movie version of Jessica Knoll’s book (and a favorite of book clubs across the nation).
In the meantime, she’s excited for a few moments to relax during the holidays, and is looking forward to “food, always food! I like gingerbread houses, cookies, chocolates … things like that.”
She’s also shopping for some special gifts, and considers herself quite the gift-giver. “I take a lot of time to think about what people really want and really like,” said Witherspoon. “For a go-to hostess gift, I like monogrammed napkins or a beautiful box of chocolates.”
For daughter Ava, she wants to get her something “really beautiful and simple, like a piece from Tiffany & Co. It’s like an heirloom. My mom gave me earrings from there when I was young, and I still have them.”
One thing she won’t be doing this holiday season? Making any New Year’s resolutions.
“I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions,” she said. “I think you sort of have to keep striving to be the best version of yourself at all moments. Sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed. And I think it’s important to always try and do your best.”
Reese graces the cover of the Winter issue of American home magazine Domino. The magazine has a brand new photoshoot and gives us a look at Reese’s Hello Sunshine offices in Santa Monica – I love the picture of Johnny & June Cash in there! In the interview Reese talks about her Hello Sunshine studio space and the roles she is creating through the brand. Scans from the magazine have been added to our Gallery for you:
We caught up with Witherspoon in the brand new studio of her cross-platform multimedia company, Hello Sunshine, to talk about her drive to empower women through female-driven narratives. “Women need to be at the forefront of telling their own stories,” says the superstar actress and entrepreneur, who also shared how her team designed a positive, collaborative space.
The Domino Winter Issue is on newsstands December 1. Pick up your copy soon and subscribe now!
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A couple of days ago Reese celebrated the opening of another new Draper James store – this time in Atlanta. Reese wore a pretty green dress from the brand, with Alaia shoes. At the event, Reese talked about the draw of Atlanta, how her grandmother has influenced her fashion, and how Draper James supports Girls Inc. The first HQ photos have been added to our Gallery:
• Draper James Atlanta Store Grand Opening x8
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November 26, 2017 • Category: Elizabeth Arden
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Swaay.com interviewed Leslie Hall, the president of ICED Media who created Reese’s Elizabeth Arden advertising campaign – in the interview, she talked about why and how they got Reese involved in this campaign, and what the thinking behind the campaign is:
Reese Witherspoon’s Latest Collaboration Aims To Capture The Millennial Imagination
Brands working with celebrities is nothing new. Brands using their platforms to tell a story has been done too. And while merging the two is just the natural progression—it’s never been done quite the way that Elizabeth Arden and Reese Witherspoon are collaborating. Tapped as the legendary beauty brand’s “Storyteller-in-Chief,” Reese isn’t just sharing the inspirational story of Elizabeth Arden’s impact to a new generation. She’s also weaving it together with her own narrative and backstory.
Being that Elizabeth Arden is a brand that’s over 100 years old and was likely loved and respected by your grandmother, this is new territory as they attempt to reach out to a younger yet equally empowered generation of women. Just like Elizabeth Arden never followed the rules, this campaign isn’t being launched by checking off the boxes of what should be done or what’s expected. Instead, ICED Media, the agency behind it all is breathing fresh life into the traditional marketing campaign.
Sitting down with ICED Media’s president, Leslie Hall, we went deep into how this campaign was conceived and the new approach they’re taking to truly stand out in the crowded market of inspiring and empowering women.
How did this idea to bring on a storyteller-in-chief originate?
There was this tension that on the one hand, there were a lot of brands talking about powerful women. It was a little bit of a crowded conversation. On the other hand, here’s Elizabeth Arden, a brand with one of the most palpable justifications to be part of that conversation but it just wasn’t right. It was a delicate dance. How do you tell your story in a way that you know will resonate, especially at a time when it’s needed, without feeling like you’re a ‘me, too?’ And, when [ICED Media] first started on this journey with Elizabeth Arden, the thought of working with Reese didn’t even exist. We had an opportunity to do it in a bit more of a quiet way.
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Reese will be making an appearance this coming Thursday to talk about the success of Draper James. Unfortunately the free event has sold out already! We will bring you photos and coverage when they become available…
SCAD In Conversation with Reese Witherspoon & Draper James
Join SCAD in Conversation with Reese Witherspoon, who will recieve the prestigious SCAD Étoile in recognition of her celebrated lifestyle brand, Draper James, and her distinguished contributions to fashion, culture, and design. Created in tribute to her Southern heritage and her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon, Draper James is the epitome of contemporary, yet timeless, style.
Étoile – “star in the sky” in French – connotes brilliance, luminosity, and glamour. The SCAD Étoile is a trubute to the biggest and brightest stars of the fashion, style, and design realms, and recognizes trendsetting, innovative leaders for their monumental contributions. Witherspoon joins a highly acclaimed coterie of SCAD Étoile honorees, inclusing Jonathan Adler, Pierre Cardin, Cather Deneuve, Carolina Herrera, and David Yurman.
Date: November 30, 2017 2 P.M.
Location: 173 14th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
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November 21, 2017 • Category: Draper James
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SCAD Partners with Reese Witherspoon and Draper James to Design Capsule Collection
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is partnering with Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s fashion lifestyle brand, to design a limited edition capsule collection for the brand’s Spring line. Students from SCAD’s top-ranked fashion program will design a “Mommy + Me” capsule, which will debut at SCAD FASHWKND in May 2018. The SCAD collection will be available for purchase at draperjames.com.
“SCAD and Draper James belong together! I really admire the depth and breadth of Reese’s accomplishments in film and fashion. Her Draper James line is smart and chic, suffused with Southern charm — just like SCAD!” said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “This partnership with Draper James is a dream for our students, who study within the world’s preeminent School of Fashion. Every day these SCAD students manifest their dreams, just as Reese has done with her elegant, up-for-any-occasion brand.”
The project joins students from SCAD degree programs in fashion, accessory design, graphic design, fashion marketing and management, and fibers with the brand’s top design leadership to develop a complete, market-ready collection. The collaboration will be unveiled at SCAD FASHWKND, the university’s annual fashion celebration, May 17-20, 2018. Hosted in Savannah and Atlanta, SCAD FASHWKND presents SCAD students’ senior fashion collections, mentored and juried by fashion industry designers and influencers, in a full professional production. In 2017, SCAD FASHWKND featured an immersive runway show at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, tableaux vivant-style vignettes at 1600 Peachtree in Atlanta, and a Shop the Runway component of SCAD alumni work at both locations.
SCAD will also honor Witherspoon with the university’s prestigious SCAD Étoile award, presented in recognition of the brand’s unique contributions to fashion, culture, design and style, at SCADshow theater in Atlanta at an event on Nov. 30. Étoile, which means star in French, celebrates outstanding achievements in style and design. Witherspoon joins other fashion designers SCAD has honored, including David Yurman, Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Carolina Herrera.
“I’m so incredibly honored to receive the SCAD Étoile award and thrilled to be partnering with such a gifted and respected institution. I founded Draper James in order to showcase the originality and beauty of the South, and I’m thrilled it resonates so well with the emerging talent SCAD is known for around the world,” said Witherspoon, the founder and creative director of Draper James.
SCAD is consistently ranked by Business of Fashion and Fashionista as a top fashion university, offering more than 200 courses focused on preparing students for professional careers in fashion industries. SCAD has pioneered programs in accessory design and luxury fashion management, and offers the largest fibers and jewelry degree programs in the U.S. SCAD fashion alumni work at globally renowned brands like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, and Lanvin. In the past three years, SCAD students have won over 130 major fashion-related industry awards including consecutive Supima Design Competition grand prize awards, the CFDA Geoffrey Beene Design Award, and the International Design Awards Emerging Fashion Designer of the Year.
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November 14, 2017 • Category: Hello Sunshine
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Zendaya To Star In ‘A White Lie,’ Pitch Package From Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine
The hot pitch package on the street is A White Lie, an adaptation of the Karin Tanabe novel The Gilded Years. The book is a psychological thriller built around the true story of Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned African-American woman. The daughter of a janitor, she passed as white so she could attend Vassar at the turn of the 20th century. Spider-Man: Homecoming star co-star Zendaya will play Hemmings. Monica Beletsky is writing the script, and Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter are producing along with Zendaya.
The singer-turned-actress next will be seen co-starring in the Michael Gracie-directed The Greatest Showman, co-starring alongside Hugh Jackman. She will also reprise in the Spider-Man sequel opposite Tom Holland.
Zendaya is repped by CAA and Monster Talent; Withespoon is with CAA and LBI.
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon Morning Show Drama Lands at Apple With 2-Season Order
Following a multiple-outlet bidding war, Apple has emerged as the victor for a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
The tech giant has picked up the untitled drama with a straight-to-series, two-season order (20 episodes total). Aniston (Friends) and Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) will star, exec produce and co-own the show alongside Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res company, which produces the show for Apple. Sources describe the pricetag on the show as comparable to other premium fare with big stars attached. As for how racy it will be, that’s still to be determined as there are no scripts for the drama yet.
The show is described as an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual. Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV — which was previously in development at Lifetime as a TV movie — will provide additional background for the show, which is based on an original concept by Ellenberg.
Aniston, who will make her first TV series regular return more than a decade after Friends, will exec produce via her Echo Films banner. Witherspoon, fresh off the success of HBO’s Big Little Lies, will exec produce via her Hello Sunshine company. The series is written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Jay Carson (House of Cards), who also serves as showrunner. Witherspoon, who memorably guest starred as Aniston’s younger sister on Friends, have remained friends over the years with the morning show drama serving as an on-screen reunion. The package was taken out in July and drew interest from multiple outlets, including Showtime, sources say.
Since leaving his position as head of drama at HBO, Ellenberg has focused on development and has teamed with Bron Studios to launch Media Res. The company’s first project in the works is Scenes From a Marriage, a limited-series take based on the five-hour 1973 film, with In Treatment’s Hagai Levi and playwright Amy Herzog attached.
The Aniston-Witherspoon drama becomes Apple’s second straight-to-series order and joins Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories as the first projects the tech giant has picked up under programming heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The Amazing Stories anthology is execu produced by Spielberg in partnership with Bryan Fuller, who serves as showrunner. The drama will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers. Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Hart Hanson exec produce the drama from Universal Television.
What remains to be seen, however, is just how Apple will roll out its original scripted series and if it could utilize its streaming music service to do so and if the company — with $260 billion in cash surplus — will turn assets like iPhones to market its programming.
Aniston, who earned five Emmy nominations and won one for her role as Rachel Green on NBC’s Friends, is repped by CAA, Lighthouse Management and Hansen Jacobson. Witherspoon, who has been active on the development side, won an Oscar for her role in Walk the Line and also scored a nomination for Wild. More recently, she scored an Emmy nom for her starring role in HBO’s Big Little Lies with the limited series likely to return for a second season after taking home the win in the category. She is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Carson, repped by Management 360, has been with Netflix’s House of Cards for the past three years, serving as a supervising producer and political consultant.
Stelter is repped by ICM Partners.
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