EXCLUSIVE: Hello Sunshine, co-founded by Reese Witherspoon, has handed promotions to 2 senior executives. Head of Film and Television Lauren Neustadter had been named President, Film and Television. CFO Liz Jenkins has been upped to Chief Operating Officer.
“It’s arduous to really categorical how integral Lauren and Liz have been to the success and progress of Hello Sunshine,” Witherspoon stated. “Lauren’s ardour and function for the tales we inform has allowed us to create initiatives past my creativeness and to collaborate with robust, expert, artistic, and sophisticated girls each in entrance of and behind the digicam. Liz has constructed our enterprise on each degree, most just lately main our enlargement into the unscripted house with the acquisition of SKR and she or he’s an exemplary chief. I’m honored to work alongside these phenomenal girls whose dedication and drive make the work we do at Hello Sunshine attainable.”
Neustadter and Jenkins report back to Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden who introduced their promotions.
“We are thrilled to acknowledge Liz and Lauren for his or her contributions over the previous few years, which have accelerated our unimaginable progress as an organization,” Harden stated. “Scaling quickly, the way in which we’ve got, doesn’t occur with out the unbelievable management, collaboration, and teamwork they each exhibit each single day, inspiring our groups and pushing us to not solely rise to the challenges earlier than us, however constantly exceed expectations. We look ahead to what’s subsequent.”
Since becoming a member of the corporate in 2017 as Head of Film and Television, former Miramax, twentieth Century and Fox Broadcasting government Neustadter has government produced such Hello Sunshine collection as The Morning Show and Truth Be Told for Apple TV+, each of that are presently in manufacturing on their second seasons, in addition to the Hulu restricted collection Little Fires Everywhere. She additionally served as a supervising producer on Season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies. Her work largely contributed to the 18 Emmy nominations Hello Sunshine garnered in 2020.
Neustadter is government producing such upcoming Hello Sunshine initiatives because the restricted collection diversifications of Reese’s Book Club picks, From Scratch, starring Zoe Saldana (Netflix) and Daisy Jones and the Six, starring Riley Keough and Sam Claflin (Amazon Prime Video) in addition to the restricted collection adaptation of the upcoming novel The Last Thing He Told Me, starring Julia Roberts (Apple TV+) and My Kind of Country, Apple TV+’s first competitors actuality collection. On the movie aspect, Neustadter is producing the movie adaptation of one among Reese’s Book Club’s hottest picks, the bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing (3000 Pictures/Sony), starring Daisy Edgar Jones, in addition to Aline Brosh McKenna’s function directorial debut, Your Place Or Mine (Netflix). Hello Sunshine is about to start out manufacturing on all of those initiatives later this yr. Neustadter and her staff are additionally presently creating a sturdy slate of TV exhibits and options for streaming, linear and theatrical platforms.
“I proceed to be impressed each day by the unimaginable Hello Sunshine staff, in addition to the mission Reese fervently pursues and the eagerness she instills in all of us to chase huge goals alongside her,” Neustadter stated. “I’m pleased with all we’ve got completed and excited for all that is but to return.”
Jenkins joined Hello Sunshine in 2018 as CFO. In her position, she was answerable for establishing and overseeing finance, enterprise affairs, and operations in addition to facilitating the expansion of the corporate’s enterprise, together with their Scripted, Unscripted, and Kids & Animation studios, Reese’s Book Club, — all of which put girls or ladies on the middle of every narrative. In 2019, she spearheaded the design and build-out of in-house manufacturing capabilities including oversight of that operate. She additionally led the acquisition of SKR Productions additional strengthening the corporate’s Unscripted enterprise.
“It has been an incredible journey at Hello Sunshine to date and I really feel extremely lucky to be a part of a staff whose work has had such a tangible influence on an business lengthy dominated by a singular voice,” Jenkins stated. “Lasting change takes time, effort, and intention; and I’m so proud to be a part of the tireless efforts of all the staff at Hello Sunshine as we work to place girls on the forefront and inform tales demonstrating the true depth and spirit of those numerous characters and creators.”