Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to debut an exclusive lineup of Audible Originals

TechCrunch | 5/10/2019 | Staff
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A year ago, Amazon -owned Audible announced a deal with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to develop exclusive audio productions for Audible Originals — the company’s entertainment offering which features audio content that’s longer than podcasts, but shorter than audiobooks. Now, the first set of these Hello Sunshine original productions are being announced, including performances from music business matriarch Sophia Chang, judge Rosemarie Aquilina, and comedian/activist Maysoon Zayid.

Like Hello Sunshine’s other efforts, the Audible Originals focus on highlighting female storytelling, and join the brand’s other projects across books, film, TV, podcasts, and streaming services like Apple TV+ and Hulu. In addition, last year Audible and Hello Sunshine collaborated to launch a showcase of Audible audiobooks, selected by Reese’s Book Club, which similarly focuses on strong, but complex female characters.

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The Audible Original written and performed by Chang, “Baddest **** in the Room,” has her telling the story of growing up as the daughter of Korean immigrants in the suburbs of Vancouver, later falling in love with hip-hop music, then starting her career in the music business, where she influenced the careers of major artists, including the Wu Tang Clan.

Judge Aquilina performs “Magnificent Things,” where she talks about her unusual journey to becoming the judge who presided over the trial of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. And Maysoon Zayid performs “Limping on the Edge,” which tells her story of being a Muslim comedian with cerebral palsy, and how she uses her platform for her activism.

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“We’re honored to have the opportunity to work with Sophia Chang, Rosemarie Aquilina, and Maysoon Zayid on their audio memoirs,” said Charlotte Koh, Head of Digital Media & Unscripted at Hello...
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