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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 […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

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 […]

FremantleMedia bags Lindsay Lohan doc series

FremantleMedia International has acquired worldwide sales rights to an OWN doc series about troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay is an eight-part series that comes from Pilgrim Studios and is set to launch on US cable channel OWN on March 9. It is billed as offering “unprecedented” access to Lohan, whose legal and personal issues have […]

Oprah Winfrey net licenses The Butler from Weinstein Company

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has netted rights to The Butler, the Hollywood movie that stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah. The film launched theatrically in August, scooping box office receipts of US$100 million. Oprah’s cable net, a joint venture with Discovery, will be able to show the film in 2017. OWN licensed the film from The […]