Starz Developing ‘Kin’ Drama With Davita Scarlett & Reese Witherspoon

Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV and SVOD rights to the series. Director of Original Programming Samantha Offsay as well as Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Susan Lewis and Kathryn Tyus-Adair are the Starz executives overseeing Kin. Lionsgate retains all international and domestic distribution and home entertainment rights.
Hello Sunshine is represented by CAA and Gretchen Rush. Scarlett is repped by ICM and attorney J.R. McGinnis at Felker, Toczek.” />
“The opportunity to work in partnership with Davita Scarlett as well as Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine on this series is serendipitous,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz. “Hello Sunshine puts women at the forefront of the stories they are telling, and that fits perfectly into Starz’ overall programming strategy to offer compelling content that appeals to female audiences.”
Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Gone Girl, Wild) and Lauren Neustadter (Are You Sleeping) will serve as executive producers for Hello Sunshine alongside Scarlett who developed the project with Chester Jones III (Hey Diddle Diddle).
Kin follows three generations of women who are thrust together when their dynamic and controversial matriarch moves back to town. The series is a compelling and complex exploration of racial identity, integrity and the notion that blood is thicker than water.
“I’m so excited to team up with Starz to bring these strong, memorable female characters to life on screen.” She deftly explores issues around identity and the secrets family members keep to protect themselves and one another,” says Witherspoon. “Davita has written a script that is utterly original, complex and incredibly nuanced.
Starz has put in development Kin, a multi-generational family drama from writer Davita Scarlett (Queen Sugar, Constantine) and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine.

Reese Witherspoon Producing ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ For Fox 2000

Fox 2000 has picked up Delia Owens' debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing which Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine label will produce as a feature film. The book spent the last 12 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller list and the last two months on Audible. The book was included on Witherspoon's 'Reese's Book Club'.
Variety had the news.” />
GP Putnam's Sons published the book in August and it is set against the backdrop of the mid-20th century South, and centers on Kya, a young woman who, abandoned by her family, raises herself all alone in the marshes outside of her small town. However, when her former boyfriend is found dead, Kya is thrust into the spotlight, instantly branded by the local townspeople and law enforcement as the prime suspect for his murder.
Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff are overseeing the project at Fox 2000. Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter are producing for Hello Sunshine.

‘Are You Sleeping’: Moon Bloodgood To Co-Star, Trio To Recur On Apple Series

Bloodgood recently co-starred on the CBS medical drama Code Black. Bloodgood’s feature credits include The Sessions and Terminator Salvation. Before that, she played the female lead opposite Noah Wyle on the hit TNT series Falling Skies. She is repped by UTA, Thruline Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.” />
Code Black alumna Moon Bloodgood is set as a series regular, and Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller (General Hospital, Suits), Brett Cullen (Narcos, Devious Maids) and young actor Hunter Doohan (Westworld, Sound Wave) will recur opposite Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan in Apple’s thriller drama series Are You Sleeping, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.
Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.
Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.
The premiere episode will be directed by Anna Foerster. Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones also co-star in Are You Sleeping, which is executive produced by Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, and Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment, alongside Spencer and Nichelle Tramble.
Cullen plays Owen Cave, Warren Cave’s father. Doohan plays a younger Warren Cave. Miller plays Alex Dunn, Lanie’s husband. Bloodgood will play Cath Min, Poppy’s best friend.