Oprah Winfrey

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 […]

Netflix buys Oprah net drama Greenleaf

Netflix has acquired Greenleaf, the drama series that plays on Oprah Winfrey and Discovery cable net OWN in the US. The streaming service has snagged international rights, and will put the series out everywhere except North America, making eps available a day after their debut in the US. The first season of Greenleaf, which is […]

Long-serving OWN co-president exits

North American cable channel OWN is saying goodbye to co-president Sheri Salata (below, left), who is exiting to create a content and brands company. Erik Logan (pictured, below) will become sole president of the Oprah Winfrey-backed network, of which Discovery Communications has co-ownership. Salata is a long-time Winfrey associate, producing The Oprah Winfrey Show after […]

Discovery taking Oprah’s Belief to the world

Discovery Communications will launch the Oprah Winfrey series Belief across its international footprint from the end of this year. Discovery is a joint venture partner in US cable net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, but has never rolled it out internationally. It has, however, decided to give Belief a wide international push, the first time it […]

Oprah net launches web series Who Am I

Oprah Winfrey and Discovery joint venture channel OWN has launched a new online series Who Am I. The shortform series has started rolling out on YouTube and the OWN website. It was developed in-house by the team behind OWN series Oprah’s Lifeclass after they spent over six months at YouTube Space LA community developing original […]

OWN ‘beginning to turn a profit’

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is “starting to pay down the investment Discovery has made in the venture” having turned cash flow-positive, according to Discovery Communication’s CEO. Discovery has pumped in millions of dollars into the cable channel due stave of a number of teething problems in terms of staff turnaround and ratings but David […]

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 […]

Oprah teams with Deepak Chopra for online meditation

Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo and new age guru Deepak Chopra have joined forces to launch an online on-demand meditation series. The subscription series, Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge: Miraculous Relationships, follows a previous online meditation series launched earlier this year, Creating Abundance, which registered almost 750,000 subs. Consumers need to register to watch […]

Discovery 2013 Upfront report

Discovery unveiled a new scripted show and a raft of reality and doc series at its annual Upfront in New York, which was attended by Oprah Winfrey, William Hurt, Tyler Perry and reality child star Honey Boo Boo among others. Discovery boss David Zaslav told the assembled ad buyers that across all of its networks […]

Oprah net takes on Tyler Perry sitcom

Oprah Winfrey’s cable network has ordered a new season For Better or Worse, the Tyler Perry sitcom. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has also picked up the first two seasons of the show, which originally went out on Turner’s TBS. The original cast of the series, basic cable’s best rated programme among African-Americans, will return for […]