Warner Bros. Discovery cuts OWN execs, with head of programming among those departing

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has cut four key positions at Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in the US, including head of programming Mary Beth Cunin. She departs alongside general counsel Karen Grant-Selma, chief marketing officer Jennifer Giddens and comms chief Nicole Nichols, as WBD’s ongoing cuts continue to be felt across its operations. Nichols will remain […]

News round-up: Curiosity deals with Arrow Media; ‘Marry Me Now’ heads to the US; UK prodcos & Imperial College unveil diversity pact

Curiosity deals with Arrow Media Factual streamer Curiosity has ordered a 15-episode show from UK-based Arrow Media exploring some of the world’s most important inventions. Oops I Changed The World tells the stories of accidental and surprise inventions that have transformed our lives, including how a broken thermometer led to a scientist creating the first […]

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. […]

Lionsgate shoots for the Starz with Spanish Princess

Two high-profile Starz offerings and an OWN drama highlight Lionsgate’s slate, which will be screened in London’s Soho Hotel this afternoon. The company is  benefiting from the trailblazing success of prior dramas such as The White Princess US studio Lionsgate is quickly becoming a staple in the UK Screenings circuit and has three high-profile dramas […]

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 backing Will Packer prodco

Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures are backing the production entity of prolific exec producer Will Packer. US-based Will Packer Media is being billed as a “first-of-its-kind” production and branded content company. Discovery’s investment hands company CEO Packer a first-look television deal with cable channel OWN, which is a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey. He is […]

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 […]

TLC moving into drama with Tyler Perry

Discovery’s female-skewed cable net TLC has ordered its first drama series, Too Close to Home. The show will be produced by Tyler Perry, the producer and actor who has worked extensively with Discovery’s OWN net. The eight-part drama will tell the story of a young woman who has escaped her working class to become successful […]