Reese and Lauren Neustadter (Hello Sunshine’s President of Film & TV) have been named The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Producers Of The Year! Congratulations to Reese and Lauren on this prestigious honour! The September 28th edition of the magazine had a new interview and portraits of Reese and Lauren – read the article below, and find the scans and photos in our Gallery. Really great seeing Reese honored for her work so much 😀
Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter Are Doing Just Fine Without the Boys Club
Hello Sunshine’s top creative duo — and THR’s TV Producers of the Year — on that $900 million sale, a rom-com renaissance and the potential return of ‘Big Little Lies’: “I talk to Nicole Kidman about it all the time.”
Reading isn’t only fundamental. Sometimes, it’s incredibly lucrative. Reese Witherspoon proved that in 2021 when she sold Hello Sunshine, the media company she built on the back of her own voracious reading and savvy book rights acquisitions, to Blackstone-backed Candle Media for a reported $900 million. Not too shabby for a production outfit that many might have been quick to write off as another actor’s vanity shingle. But Witherspoon’s tastes — and those of Lauren Neustadter, Hello Sunshine’s president of film and TV — have populated one of the most thriving content suppliers in Hollywood. Blending marquee ensemble vehicles for its founder (Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show) with an aggressive slate of dramas starring the likes of Octavia Spencer (Truth Be Told), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Surface) and Zoe Saldaña (From Scratch, out Oct. 21 on Netflix), Hello Sunshine’s focus on female stories (from female storytellers) has made it a standout.
Further distinguishing the brand is its ever-diversifying portfolio. In February, the company acquired media and merchandising startup The Home Edit. And in July, it saw its first theatrical release since Hello Sunshine’s 2016 founding, Where the Crawdads Sing. The picture, an adaptation of an early Reese’s Book Club selection, grossed $130 million on a $24 million budget. Speaking in mid-September over Zoom, Witherspoon and Neustadter, THR‘s TV Producers of the Year, discussed new areas that they’ve identified for expansion, the biggest obstacle in populating sets with women and why Hollywood should be preparing for the impending rom-com renaissance.
You just hit the one-year anniversary of the sale. How would you describe this era of the company?
REESE WITHERSPOON It’s a big year for romance for us. We have a movie in December with Zoey Deutch called Something From Tiffany’s, a real return of the rom-com. And Ashton Kutcher and I have a movie coming out at Valentine’s Day, Your Place or Mine.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Morning Show for their 5 nominations at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards! Reese scored one of the nominations for her performance as Bradley Jackson on the series.
The HCA will have a two-night celebration at the Beverly Hilton, with the broadcast network and cable TV awards ceremony being held on Aug. 13. The streaming awards ceremony will take place on Aug. 14.
Best Streaming Series, Drama
Pachinko (Apple TV+)
Severance (Apple TV+)
Squid Game (Netflix)
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama
Britt Lower, Severance (Apple TV+)
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Laura Linney, Ozark (Netflix)
Ming-Na Wen, The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+)
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Simone Ashley, Bridgerton (Netflix)
Victoria Pedretti, You (Netflix)
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Congratulations to Reese for the extremely well deserved honour of being nominated at The Emmys for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Morning Show! Its great to see Reese recognised for her acting! Congratulations also to her co-stars Billy Crudup and Marcia Gay Harden for their nominations. The Morning Show received a total of 3 nominations at this years Emmys.
The Emmy Awards will take place on September 12th, and will be broadcast on NBC and Peacock at 5pm PT.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Laura Linney (“Ozark”)
Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nicholas Braun (“Succession”)
Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Park Hae-soo (“Squid Game”)
Matthew Macfadyen (“Succession”)
John Turturro (“Severance”)
Christopher Walken (“Severance”)
Oh Yeong-su (“Squid Game”)
Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Hope Davis (“Succession”)
Marcia Gay Harden (“The Morning Show”)
Martha Kelly (“Euphoria”)
Sanaa Lathan (“Succession”)
Harriet Walter (“Succession”)
Lee You-mi (“Squid Game”)
Reese attended the SAG Awards in LA last night, where she was a double-nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for The Morning Show season 2. Unfortunately Reese/The Morning Show did not win any awards on the night, but its still a great honor for the show to be nominated by this Guild. Reese posed with her The Morning Show co-stars Julianna Margulies, Greta Lee and Nestor Carbonell on the red carpet and inside. Reese wore a strapless Schiaparelli black dress with a baby blue sash & train, jewellery by Cartier, with Jimmy Choo heels – she looks fabulous! The first high quality photos are in our Gallery for you:
Exciting news this morning, as the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced, and The Morning Show and Reese scored nominations! The show received a total of 4 nominations, for Ensemble and 3 for acting – including an individual nomination for Reese (finally!).
The show will go back to being a in-person event this year (last year was virtual), and will be held at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar on February 27th. It will air on on TNT and TBS in the US at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Lee Jung-Jae (“Squid Game”)
Jeremy Strong (“Succession”)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Jung Ho-yeon (“Squid Game”)
Elizabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sarah Snook (“Succession”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
“Squid Game” (Netflix)
“Yellowstone” (Paramount Network)
Every year, Time magazine release their ‘Time100’ list which highlights the most influential people out there, and this year, they are launching an additional list of Most Influential Companies – which includes Reese’s Hello Sunshine! Reese graces the cover of the magazine with a new photoshoot, and talks about building the company in the detailed interview inside. Read the interview below, find scans and the photoshoot in the Gallery, and see the behind the scenes interview in this post. Pick up a copy of Time on news-stands now!
Reese Witherspoon, 45, has transformed her role in Hollywood from movie star to business leader—and maker of her own fortune. After rising as a child actor, she shot to household-name status for 2001’s Legally Blonde, going on to win an Oscar in 2006 for Walk the Line. But even after those triumphs, for a time she struggled to find satisfying roles in Hollywood, where women’s stories have long been sidelined. She discovered a way to change that in a lifelong love: books. Celebrating books through her book club—and adapting them for the screen—is now the foundation of Witherspoon’s business at Hello Sunshine, the media company she founded in 2016, where she’s established a track record for spotting, and making, hits.
Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter to Be Honored at Caucus Awards
Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine’s president of TV and film, Lauren Neustadter, will be honored as producers of the year next month at The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors’ 2021 Caucus Awards.
The Caucus also announced on Monday morning that Gail Katz, who is a professor of cinematic arts at USC as well as the Mary Pickford Endowed Chair and faculty chair of the School of Cinematic Arts, will receive the educator of the year award.
Previously announced honorees include Aaron Sorkin, director Susanne Bier, “Black-ish” star and emerging producer Marsai Martin and Vin Di Bona. Presenters include Caucus co-chair Robert Papazian, Nicole Kidman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Alfonso Ribeiro.
Hosted by “Grey’s Anatomy” actor James Pickets Jr., the evening will also include the presentation of the Humanitarian Award to community leaders and philanthropists Jeanne and her late husband Tom Townsend. The couple founded the St. Louis-based non-profit Pianos For People. Former Pianos for People student Royce Martin will perform during the gala.
Caucus co-founder Norman Lear will make a special guest appearance. The 38th annual gala event will be held virtually on March 4.
The Caucus Awards Committee includes Caucus co-chairs Robert Papazian and James Hirsch, Caucus chair emeritus Chuck Fries, Caucus Foundation president Sharon Arnett, producer Scott Mauro, writer Bruce Vilanch, Judy Levy (LPA Events – Levy, Pazanti & Assoc.), Allison Jackson (Allison Jackson Company), Carol Marshall Public Relations’ Carol Marshall and Bridget Fornaro and Caucus executive director Deborah Leoni.
Advertising and marketing company AdWeek have honoured Reese in their 2020 Hot List and she is on the cover of their October 26th 2020 magazine cover to mark this! The magazine used additional photos from the Emmy magazine photoshoot that was published earlier in the year, and features a new interview in which Reese talked about growing her business and working to be taken seriously as a producer. Read the article below, and find the scans in our Gallery. Congratulations to Reese on being recognised for her fantastic work again!
The 2020 Hot List: Honoring the Year’s Best in TV, Publishing, Digital and Brands
When the pandemic forced us all to begin sheltering in place in March, we leaned on TV, publishing and digital brands more than ever before to connect us with the outside world. So it’s no surprise that Adweek’s annual Hot List, which always honors the best in those three categories, is full of people and brands who were at their best when so many things seemed at their worst.
Take Adweek’s Media Visionary Reese Witherspoon, who has turned Hollywood on its head by creating a successful media company, Hello Sunshine, focused on female-centric stories—for a variety of platforms.
Our TV Creator of the Year, Jon Favreau, helped get Disney+ off to a hot start with The Mandalorian, while TV Executive of the Year, TLC president Howard Lee, showed that linear networks still have plenty of fight in them.
Digital Creator of the Year Sarah Cooper turned her popular President Trump lip-syncs on TikTok and Twitter into a Netflix comedy special, and Digital Executive of the Year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, is helping lead the charge against lies and hate speech on social media.
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