Everyone knows Reese Witherspoon is an A-List, Academy Award-nominated actress. But not everyone knows that she is a powerful producer and top female founder in her own right. Her production company, Pacific Standard, is a subsidiary of the larger company Hello Sunshine, which has brought to the screen the adaptation of the bestselling murder mystery Gone Girl; Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild; and Big Little Lies. (Witherspoon starred in the latter two).
Hello Sunshine focuses on women’s stories: “We tell stories big and small, funny stories, complex stories, those that shine a light on where women are at right now and those that help chart a new path forward.” Forthcoming projects include Legally Blonde 3 and a documentary on tennis legend Martina Navratilova.
Writer and editor Tricia Romano is the former editor-in-chief of the Stranger. She has been a staff writer at the Seattle Times and columnist for the Village Voice. She is currently working an oral history about the Village Voice for Public Affairs. You can also find her at Patreon.