Has Reese Witherspoon got time to rest? Her fingers are in many pies

Outside of film and TV, Reese Witherspoon has Draper James, a lifestyle brand, which sells upscale clothing, housewares and eyewear.
Outside of film and TV, Reese Witherspoon has Draper James, a lifestyle brand, which sells upscale clothing, housewares and eyewear.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (WP) - Reese Witherspoon is one step closer to an Oprah-esque media takeover. The actress' media company, Hello Sunshine, has announced that it is teaming up with AT&T to launch a video-on-demand channel.

According to a press release, she will headline her own unscripted series Shine On With Reese, featuring interviews with prominent women including film-maker Ava DuVernay, singer Dolly Parton and actress America Ferrera.

Hello Sunshine's VOD channel is only the latest project in the actress' ever-expanding empire.

Witherspoon used to recommend compelling books by women through Instagram, but now she also does it through the Reese's Book Club.

But you cannot really talk about Witherspoon's book club without talking about her production company, Pacific Standard, which she co-founded in 2012.

Witherspoon later told the Hollywood Reporter that she started the company, now a subsidiary of Hello Sunshine, because she was frustrated with the "complete lack of interesting female leads in film".

In 2014, she brought two of the first books optioned by the company to the big screen: Gillian Flynn's psychological thriller Gone Girl, and Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild.

Gone Girl was a box office hit; Wild landed Witherspoon, who starred as Strayed, her second Oscar nomination.

Last year, Witherspoon's reliable book recommendations gave viewers HBO's award-winning Big Little Lies, not to mention a forthcoming season that will star Meryl Streep.

Apple, which is priming to roll out a slate of original TV shows, has snagged three Witherspoon-produced series.

Outside of film and TV, Witherspoon has Draper James, a lifestyle brand, which sells upscale clothing, housewares and eyewear.

And if all that was not enough, Witherspoon recently confirmed that there will be a third Legally Blonde movie.