WSJ. Magazine 2017 Entertainment Innovator: Reese Witherspoon has enthralled audiences since her first iconic film, Man on the Moon. As a woman in Hollywood, she sought roles that were complicated and honest, like “Tracy Flick” in Election and “June Carter” in Walk the Line–a performance that won her an Oscar. When, in 2008, she saw a dearth of opportunities for women to play such complex roles, she decided to do something about it. She created a production company whose only mission was to develop films with women at the center of the story, as the heroes of their own journeys. It launched with Gone Girl, subsequently produced Wild, and most recently the HBO limited series Big Little Lies. Each film received wide acclaim, including Oscar nominations, and a sweep of Emmys for Big Little Lies. Reese Witherspoon, actor, producer and entrepreneur, remains committed to producing stories that reflect the experiences of women around the world, creating more opportunities for women to see themselves on screen.

The WSJ. Magazine 2017 Innovators are an outstanding group of individuals recognized for setting new ground in their fields. The innovators are honored at a red carpet gala at the Museum of Modern Art, and each awardees’ story is showcased in a video tribute by MediaStorm.

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