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Apple orders country music competition from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine

Apple has greenlit My Kind of Country, its first music competition series, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Jason Owen and Emmy Award nominated showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra. The country music competition series will incorporate “documentary sensibility” ...
August 17, 2020

Apple has greenlit My Kind of Country, its first music competition series, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Jason Owen and Emmy Award nominated showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra.

The country music competition series will incorporate “documentary sensibility” as contestants from across the globe vie to become the next major country music talent.

According to Apple, the hybrid series will “break down cultural and musical barriers” throughout the country music genre by inviting “innovative musicians” to take center stage.

Adam Blackstone (The Masked SingerThe Four) will serve as musical director for the series, which will be executive produced by Done + Dusted.

Witherspoon (pictured), Lauren Neustadter, head of film and television, and Cynthia Stockhammer, SVP of unscripted programming, will executive produce for Hello Sunshine. Executive producing for Done + Dusted are Katy Mullan and Melanie Fletcher.

Sandbox Entertainment president and CEO Jason Owen will also serve as executive producer alongside Izzie Pick Ibarra (The Masked SingerDancing with the Stars).

My Kind of Country will premiere globally on Apple TV+. A premiere date has not yet been slated.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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