comScore
  1. Mediaite
  2. Gossip Cop
  3. Geekosystem
  4. Styleite
  5. SportsGrid
  6. The Mary Sue
  7. The Maude
  8. The Braiser

What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

and let it be known

Will Ferrell Launches New Female-Focused Production Company


Gary Sanchez Productions (named after a fictional Paraguayan entrepreneur) has announced that it is creating a new division, Gloria Sanchez Productions (named after an equally fictional female step-granddaughter of a Paraguayan entrepreneur) that will focus on creating female-led television and movie comedy projects.

GSP was founded seven years ago by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy, and has gone on to produce movies like Step Brothers, Megamind, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Casa de Mi Padre, Anchorman 2, and the Drunk History television series. The Gloria Sanchez division is the brainchild of Jessica Elbaum, producer for GSP since Step Brothers. Ferrell and McKay said in a statement:

When Jessica came to us with this idea, we thought it was fantastic. She has worked with some of the great female voices in comedy and has proven herself as a gifted producer who has a keen eye for material.

Elbaum hopes to pull from both established and emerging female comedy talent, and we’re looking forward to the results.

(Image via Shutterstock, story via The Hollywood Reporter.)

TAGS: | |


  • Anonymous

    Will Ferrell continues to prove how awesome he is, even when he’s not running naked down the street screaming gibberish.

  • Laura Truxillo

    So of late I’ve had to rethink my position on Will Ferrell being my nemesis. I’m still not watching Old School again or Step Brothers any time soon, but he…he seems like he might actually be…an alright sort of guy…

  • Adrian

    I can’t stand the guy when he’s the lead in a movie. When he makes a cameo or a side character, I think he’s funny. Small doses, I guess.

    That said, he’s always seemed like a pretty nice guy in interviews.

  • Adrian

    I can’t stand the guy when he’s the lead in a movie. When he makes a cameo or a side character, I think he’s funny. Small doses, I guess.

    That said, he’s always seemed like a pretty nice guy in interviews.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Yeah, I think most of his schitck is funny for exactly five minutes, and after that you want to throw him out a window. But when he’s voicing an animated character, suddenly it’s fine. I mean, I loved Megamind. Maybe because he’s not being “Will Ferrell” so much as having to be in another character’s skin?

  • Lady Commentariat

    Add in “and fine if well-directed in dramatic roles,” and you’ve described perfectly how I feel about Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey.

  • Steven M. Long

    See “Stranger Than Fiction.” That’s Farrel’s “Punch Drunk Love.”

  • Anonymous

    I can absolutely understand the arguements for this being, in it’s own way, a little sexist, however: this is only going to serve to give more women a chance at being heard, largely in the comedy world which…I mean, people thought Bridesmaids was the dawn of the time when women were finally funny. If that’s not indicative of much of the publics attitude toward women in comedy (read: basically ignoring every funny thing a woman did BEFORE Bridesmaids), then I don’t know what is.
    In an ideal world, there would be no need for a division. This is not an ideal world. We need to take steps like these to get to a point where steps like these aren’t even taken into consideration.
    It’s pretty awesome, I think. It will feel weird, sure, but if the result of this is talented women getting to create great characters and movies that might not have existed otherwise? That will be awesome! It will be less awesome when they end up creating a couple of less than stellar stories (as all storytellers do) and people blame it on the fact that they’re women, but we’ll deal.

  • Unity

    Tangentially related: the Drunk History ep on Joan of Arc is amazing.

  • Jonas Albrecht

    This is, of course, reparations for his shortlived television series Bitchunter.

  • Anonymous

    Never thought much of him as a comedian, although he seems like a lovely human being but he deserves kudos and props for sticking his neck out where most studios won’t. Is it sad that this is even considered “risky” or edgy? Yes. Do I long for the day when good movies will be good movies regardless of the gender of the lead? Definitely. Still, it’s pretty cool that this might help get us there. One step at a time, eh?

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    As terrible as the Bewitched remake was, it was pretty subversive, in re sexism in Hollywood, and a lot of that is about how Ferrell played the actor who played Darren.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Stranger than Fiction is the only lead I’ve ever enjoyed him in.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Yeah, I’ve been seeing stuff about how a lot of his work is kind of subversive and turns the typical Hollywood sexism on its head in a kinda subtle way. Which is…y’know, that’s swell. I still probably won’t watch a lot of his movies, but it’s nice to know someone is making movies like that.