Hello Sunshine


Apple orders another drama from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine

Apple has ordered a thriller hailing from Reese Witherspoon’s prodco Hello Sunshine, making it the third title commissioned from the banner. Are You Sleeping is a thriller starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help), that is also produced by Chernin Entertainment and Endeavour Content. The title is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, […]

Hulu lands Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington drama

Hulu has beat the competition to give a straight-to-series order to Reese Witherspoon (pictured) and Kerry Washington’s coproduced adaptation of novel Little Fires Everywhere. The limited, eight-episode, series is based on the book of the same name by Celeste Ng, and will star Witherspoon and Washington as two women in a small Ohio town who […]

AT&T digital chief to lead Chernin’s Otter as CEO

US-based digital media investments firm Otter Media has appointed a new CEO, who will transfer down from shareholder AT&T. Tony Goncalves has been appointed to the role having consulted with the business since its inception in 2014. Otter has been looking for a new chief since president Sarah Harden became CEO of Hello Sunshine, a […]

TBI Weekly: The future is female for global prodcos

Production companies with a female focus are cropping up at a startling rate as female perspectives take centre stage globally and the #MeToo movement continues apace. This week, we saw former CBS entertainment boss and longtime champion of gender equality, Nina Tassler, form PatMa Productions. The outfit will focus on diverse voices and partner with organisations […]

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine hires CEO

Reese Witherspoon’s (pictured) production company has hired Sarah Harden as its permanent CEO, following her spell as interim chief exec since June 2017. Harden was formely president at Otter Media, where she oversaw the growth of the digital media venture, including a partnership with Hello Sunshine itself. Witherspoon formed Hello Sunshine in 2016, in partnership […]

Chernin-backed Otter buys up Fullscreen & Ellation

Online content companies Fullscreen and Ellation are now a fully owned subsidiary of web video venture Otter Media. Both already counted the AT&T and Chernin Group joint venture Otter as their majority shareholders. Six-year-old Fullscreen, which operates channels such as The Fine Bros (pictured) is known as the biggest multichannel network group, and briefly operated […]

Apple adds second Witherspoon scripted original

Apple’s push into original scripted television has continued by putting a second series from Reese Witherspoon into development. Are You Sleeping is billed as a thriller drama series from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine prodco. Octavia Spencer (The Help) will star, with Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) the writer and creator. The series is based on […]

Apple sets first official drama series

Apple has officially signed off on its first drama series, the long gestating scripted series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston (pictured). The show will follow the staff and stars of a morning TV show in the States, and Apple has given it a straight-to-series, two-season order comprising 20 episodes. Reports in the US describe […]

Reese Witherspoon, Chernin JV form content firm

Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon has created a female-focused content company, tapping the COO of a content recommendation that Hulu recently acquired to run the prodco. Witherspoon has hooked up with Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, to create Hello Sunshine, which is billed as a “cross-brand and consumer-facing content company […]