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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Oprah Insider Lisa Erspamer Out At OWN

By and | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 10:45pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: The revolving door at the struggling OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continues without slowing, and even without warning or public announcement. This time it has claimed one of Winfrey’s closest and most trusted executives, Lisa Erspamer. We’ve learned that Erspamer, EVP … Read More »

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Has Oprah’s Star Power Dimmed? Relaunch Of OWN Will Put That To The Test

Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav have run out of excuses: With their unofficial relaunch today of OWN, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves if their struggling joint venture fails to show a big improvement in the ratings following a dismal 3Q. In its targeted demo, women 25-54, OWN delivered a rating of .16 — down 16% vs. the same period last year when the channel was still Discovery Health. OWN may have set a deceptively low bar for itself; word is that it cut back on marketing in preparation for the relaunch. Still, the channel is betting everything on Oprah’s star power — and, to a lesser extent, Rosie O’Donnell’s — and that will be put to the test beginning today with the launch of The Rosie Show (7-8 PM) and Oprah’s Lifeclass (8-9 PM). Winfrey’s program, built on clips from her syndicated talk show, begins with one of her classics: for an episode about “ego,” she will include scenes from the show where she illustrated how much weight she lost from a liquid protein diet by wheeling in a wagon filled with 70 pounds of fat. Discovery will air both shows today on TLC, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Fit & Health and Planet Green as well as OWN.  The joint venture also is spending more than $10M for marketing, not including free ad time on Discovery-owned networks. The cash is going for ads on hit shows such as The X Factor and Dancing With The Stars, as well as radio and billboards, and websites including Yahoo, Google, People.com, Technorati, and TVGuide.com. Read More »

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OWN Moves ‘Behind The Scenes’ To Sunday, Goes To 3 Nights Of Original Programming

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One of OWN’s two highest-rated series, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, is moving from Fridays to Sundays beginning March 27, where it will be paired with Oprah Presents Master Class. Behind the Scenes has been airing on Fridays with … Read More »

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Discovery Communications To Invest $50 Million More In OWN Original Programming

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During its earnings call today, Discovery Communications said that it will invest an additional $50 million in OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, earmarked to boost the fledgling network’s original programming. The new cash infusion into OWN is on top of … Read More »

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OWN To Launch Home Makeover Series With Scandinavian Designer Duo

By | Tuesday January 25, 2011 @ 12:24pm PST
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Rosie O’Donnell To Do Specials For OWN Documentaries While Net’s Rating Slip

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TCA: Oprah Faces Critics And Reporters

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 6:43pm PST
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“It’s like being thrown to the wolves,” Oprah said frettingly while getting seated onstage for a Q&A session about her new OWN cable network.  She didn’t have to worry. Within a few minutes, she had complete control … Read More »

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TCA: Piers Morgan’s First Guest – Oprah

From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:

He was once shooting for Barack Obama but Morgan got the woman who helped him become a president. When his new nightly talk show, Piers Morgan Tonight, premieres on CNN (replacing Larry King Live) on Jan. 17, Morgan’s first guest will be none other than the queen herself, Oprah Winfrey, a “get” of which he was clearly quite proud. “We had a terrific conversation, it was one of those discussions that went on and on,” he said during Piers Morgan Tonight‘s Q&A session at TCA. “It was one of those times where you drop your guard and it’s more like two friends talking. We extended far beyond our allotted time because she was enjoying it so much.” When it was pointed out by a critic that landing Oprah isn’t such a boffo exclusive these days given the launch of her new OWN Network — and that he’s already been beaten to the punch by, among others, Barbara Walters — Morgan begged to differ, noting with characteristic brashness, “Anytime you can get Oprah, it’s a great thing. She has an extraordinary brand. She’s worth nearly $3 billion. That makes her a totally unique character.”

Morgan wasn’t exactly shy during his first meeting before the gathered press, flashing his well-honed British self-assurance and controlling the room with a magician’s smooth sleight of hand. Without bashing his predecessor, he specifically conveyed the message that, yes, he is the savior who will instantly stop CNN’s ratings free-fall and restore it to the greatness and grandeur of yore. “The truth is that CNN remains the most prestigious and profitable news network internationally already,” Morgan said. “The fact that it has a short-term ratings problem here in the U.S. doesn’t diminish that fact. Over the last two years, CNN has been getting its butt kicked by Fox News and MSNBC in primetime. I’d like to get to the position where the butt-kickng is reversed a little bit. And I’m absolutely confident I can do that.” Read More »

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UH-OH OPRAH! TV Stations Complaining About Her Over-Hype Of OWN/Discovery; Some Drop Shows Or Refuse To Pay Up

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Did Oprah Winfrey go too far in promoting her new cable network OWN as well as sister Discovery Communications nets on her syndicated talk show? I hear broadcast stations … Read More »

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OWN To Launch Suze Orman Series

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 7:19am PST
Nellie Andreeva

This is going to keep those SNL parodies coming – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network just announced new primetime series created and hosted by financial advisor, motivational speaker and television personality Suze Orman to launch in the fall. Tentatively titled Money Class, the series will feature Orman helping people with their … Read More »

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OK Start For Oprah’s OWN Cable Network

Nellie Andreeva

In its first night of primetime on Jan.1, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network averaged 1 million viewers, a respectable number, especially on a holiday Saturday night. On Day 2, the co-venture between Oprah’s Harpo and Discovery Communications, drew a primetime average … Read More »

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OWN Greenlights Carson Kressley Series

By | Thursday October 28, 2010 @ 10:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Carson Kressley is getting his own series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Kressley, who is already set to co-host Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search For the Next TV Star, which will premiere on OWN at its January launch, will … Read More »

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