Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN appoints 495 Productions’ Drew Tappon to lead unscripted development

The Discovery-owned Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has hired former 495 Productions exec Drew Tappon to head unscripted development, programming and specials at the cablenet. Tappon replaces Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, who exited the company in April, and will be responsible for developing unscripted content across all genres. He will report to OWN president Tina Perry. The exec arrives […]

GRB Studios strikes pact for trio of reality shows from OWN

US-based GRB Studios has picked up global sales rights to three reality shows from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The deal, which applies outside of the US, will see GRB distributing shows including To Have And To Hold: Charlotte, a 10 x 60 minute series that explores the daily financial and relationship challenges faced by couples. […]

OWN orders Will Packer duo

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has ordered two new series from Straight Outta Compton producer Will Packer via his Will Packer Media banner. The series include soapy drama title Ambitions from Lionsgate and the unscripted dating series Ready to Love. Packer will serve as executive producer for both series. The new shows mark the first […]

Discovery ups stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Discovery Communications has paid US$70 million to gain a majority stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which it jointly owns with the celebrity. Discovery has upped its stake from near 45% to 70% in the deal. This will allow the network to consolidate its financial reports with OWN. Oprah Winfrey will remain chief executive […]

Lohan gets OWN reality series

Discovery-backed Oprah Winfrey Network has given Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan her own eight-part reality series. The troubled former child star has made headlines over the past few years due to a string of legal problems and reports of drugs and alcohol abuse. OWN founder Oprah Winfrey will interview her about her attempts to rebuild her […]