Oprah Winfrey Locks Buyer For Chicago’s Harpo Studios

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 10:43am PDT

Oprah Harpo Studios saleOprah Winfrey is set to sell her Harpo Studios to Chicago developer Sterling Bay after putting the complex up for sale months ago. A lease-back agreement will keep Winfrey’s media company on the site for two more … Read More »

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Harpo’s ‘Nate Berkus Show’ To End Its Run

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 4:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Syndicated daytime talker The Nate Berkus Show will end its run at the end of this season, its second. The show, hosted by Oprah Winfrey protege Nate Berkus, is produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Studios and Sony Pictures TV. “After … Read More »

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Harpo Studios Taps SVP Corporate Affairs

By | Wednesday August 17, 2011 @ 2:26pm PDT

Chance Patterson, previously VP International Communications at Discovery Communications, has been hired as SVP Corporate Affairs and Communications at Harpo Studios. He will manage Harpo’s external and internal communications functions, including corporate communications and media relations, and report to … Read More »

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TCA: Oprah Winfrey Eyes “Unity” At OWN, Rosie O’Donnell Tells Why She Picked Network For New Show

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

TCA: OWN Announces Premiere Dates For ‘Rosie’ & ‘OWN Your Life’
Oprah Winfrey blew through the TCA press tour today to address critics at a morning session promoting OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, having been freshly installed as CEO of the network owned by Discovery Communications. She’d acknowledged earlier this summer that she hadn’t been dedicating all of her energies to OWN and aimed to change that going forward, in part to address its growing pains in the form of falling ratings. ”In my new role, I am focusing on the unity of Harpo and OWN, aligning them together,” she told the gathered critics. To that end, she introduced OWN’s new co-presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, former heads at Harpo Studios who joined the new network in June. It’s no secret that OWN has struggled to find its footing and an identity, with a lineup of cheesy reality shows and little programming flow. Key to that new push is the hiring of Rosie O’Donnell, whom Winfrey also introduced today.

O’Donnell charmed the room with her wisecracking, no-nonsense style, discussing how her coming to OWN went down when she’d been courted by much larger and deeper-pocketed networks. ”I called my agent and told him to call the Oprah people, because I wanted to go to OWN,” she said. “And you know how agents only care about what you want to do, not finances? My agent was thrilled that I wanted to go to basic cable and not one of the major networks. … Oprah came in with a bunch of people from her staff and asked, ‘Why do you want to do this?’ And I’m like, ‘Because it’s you.’ With Oprah, it’s a huge stamp of approval, almost like being knighted in a way.” Read More »

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