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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Picks Up ‘Miss Representation’

Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is adding the documentary “Miss Representation” to the OWN Documentary Film Club, it was announced today by Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer, OWN. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the Sundance Film Festival favorite is the 11th documentary acquisition for OWN.

“Miss Representation” brings together some of America’s most influential women in politics, news and entertainment, including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem to give audiences an inside look at the media’s message and depiction of women. The film explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging their limited and often disparaging portrayals in the media. “Miss Representation” takes the stand that the media is portraying women’s primary values as their youth, beauty and sexuality – rather than their capacity as leaders.

To further this important dialogue, ro*co films will act on behalf of “Miss Representation” to distribute the film to educational institutions and libraries for classroom use and university screenings.

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Rosie O’Donnell To Do Specials For OWN Documentaries While Net’s Rating Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Rosie O’Donnell, whose new daily talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, will premiere on OWN in the fall, has been tapped to do specials for selected documentaries from the OWN Documentary Film Club, starting with Becoming Chaz, which will premiere in May. (It features Sonny and Cher’s offspring Chaz Bono). Meanwhile, according to the basic cable ratings released earlier this week, in its second full week on the air, OWN slipped to 310,000 viewers in primetime, down 20% from 387,000 the week before. (The network launched on Jan. 1, with an average of 1.1 viewers in primetime for its debut weekend.)  As OWN is yet to bottom out, the network has fallen behind all of its female-oriented cable competition, including Lifetime (793,000), Oxygen (565,000) and WE (331,000).

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OWN Greenlights Documentaries with Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemingway

Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES, July 26 — OWN: THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK is producing five OWN original two-hour documentaries with Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemingway, OWN announced today.

The films will be presented as part of OWN’s monthly documentary film club, along with the original acquisitions LIFE 2.0 and SONS OF PERDITION.  The documentary club will spotlight these films and the previously announced FAMILY AFFAIR, focusing on cinematic documentaries that encourage emerging creative voices to bring their stories to a mainstream television audience on OWN.

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