About us

The origin

We champion diverse stories of joy, truth and exellence.

Sunny Hostin Productions seeks to tell diverse stories that champion black and brown excellence with particular interest in women driven narratives; male centered stories where a woman has a central storyline that feels substantial; and stories exploring and highlighting the LGBTQ+ experience. Our stories seek to uplift and bring joy, while highlighting truth with an emphasis on black excellence.

Often our projects span across Politics, Social Justice, True Crime, and Mystery with an Investigative component that’s highly powered by suspense. Our playground is large, ranging from documentaries, unscripted, scripted TV to Film.

Meet the Team

Sunny Hostin

Founder/CEO of Sunny Hostin Productions

Sunny Hostin is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, co-host of ABC’s daytime talk show, The View, and founder of Sunny Hostin Productions. SHP is a global, multi-platform media company that produces and creates premium film and television content. Sunny is the driving force behind the company’s core brand ethos – highlighting important social justice issues, and meaningful stories.

SHP seeks to tell undiscovered diverse stories that champion the experience of people of color and the LGBTQ+ community with a focus on excellence, perseverance and triumph. Our stories seek to uplift and bring joy, while highlighting truth. Some of our projects explore social justice with an investigative component. Projects range from documentaries, unscripted, scripted TV to Film.

Regina Jansen

Executive Vice President

Regina Jansen is the Executive Vice President with Sunny Hostin Productions. She has significant experience in legal matters having practiced as an attorney, and offers deep subject matter expertise that often informs our social justice and legal projects. Regina has a lifelong love of both the big and small screens and brings a rare and informed perspective to creative content. She has a track record for elevating women’s voices with high interest in identifying emerging talent. Regina's background as a lawyer gives her a unique experience in story telling and amplifying unheard voices and diverse perspectives.

Ranard Caldwell

Head of TV and Film development

Ranard Caldwell is the Head of TV/FILM Development with Sunny Hostin Productions. A Hillman Grad Executive Fellow, Ranard transitioned from Create The Writers Room (CTWR) where he managed writer programs and digital content. He is passionate about finding emerging diverse voices that depict the world authentically. Prior to this role, Ranard worked in development at STX Entertainment in TV and Martin Chase Productions in TV/FILM supporting Debra Martin Chase and her overall deal at NBCUniversal.

Haley Poole

Director of Book Acquisitions and Development Coordinator

Haley Poole is the Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Sunny Hostin at Sunny Hostin Productions. Haley is a passionate storyteller, music producer, and performing artist from Seattle, Washington. After earning her Screenwriting BA from New York University and The New School, Haley spent her early career working in the live sports industry with the New York Rangers, the NFL, and most recently Olympic athletes at Creative Artists Agency before making the transition back to her creative aspirations, championing underrepresented stories.

Jesse Cooper-Leary

Intern, TV/FILM Development

Jesse Cooper-Leary is a Film/TV Development Intern at Sunny Hostin Productions. He attends Wake Forest University and is majoring in Communications with a minor in French Studies. Jesse provides script coverage and creative analysis for all submissions, while aiding in the management of daily operations by setting meetings, tracking tasks and maintaining awareness of industry news. Jesse enjoys discussing new writers, their scripts and helping creative ideas move from ideation to delivery.

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