OWN continues to expand it scripted slate, acquiring the rights to Darlene Love’s memoir My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story, to adapt into the network’s first original TV movie. Pic will be executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Oscar-nommed filmmaker Morgan Neville. Love also will exec produce.
Love was recently featured in the Oscar nominated docu film Twenty Feet From Stardom directed by Neville, which puts a spotlight on backup singers for some of music’s biggest acts. OWN also has licensed the first broadcast window to air Twenty Feet From Stardom beginning in 2015. Read More »
TV critics attending Winter TV Press Tour 2014 got a sneak peek at Lindsay – OWN’s upcoming Lindsay Lohan docu-series set to premiere March 9. “There’s nothing left in having a drink for me. There’s no party I haven’t gone to, nobody I haven’t hung out with, no situation I haven’t been exposed to,” Lohan tells the camera as she swans here and there. “I don’t want them following me to an AA meeting,” she says of the paparazzi. Asked if she feels like a prisoner, she responds, “Yes – all the time.”
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Cut to Mom and Dad Lohan showing up for their close-ups. Mom is thrilled to have a camera trained on her as she gushes how happy she is that Lindsay is back in New York. Dad is the catalyst for one of those classic Lindsay “thing in my head says, ‘Oh, it’s time to sabotage” moment. Read More »
Discovery CEO David Zaslav says that OWN beat his forecast that it would begin to generate cash in the second half of this year. He told analysts this morning, in his Q2 report, that Discovery’s joint venture with Oprah Winfrey is “now cash flow positive and starting to … Read More »
The Oprah Winfrey Network has shored up its calendar for Saturday night originals. It will air six new episodes of Iyanla: Fix My Life starting July 20 and also ordered 10 more episodes of … Read More »
Discovery CFO Andy Warren says that the goal is for his company to spend less this year than it did in 2011 on the joint venture with Oprah Winfrey, and for the channel to become cash flow neutral in the second … Read More »
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OWN co-presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan continued to put a positive spin on the embattled network’s forecast, appearing this afternoon at TCA to echo comments a few … Read More »
The chief of the struggling cable network didn’t have much to say to advertisers gathered in New York to hear about the prospects for OWN — and other channels affiliated with Discovery Communications. “I’m having the climb of my life,” Winfrey said … Read More »
The Oprah Winfrey Network has reached a deal with Comcast Corp that will increase the number of Comcast homes where the struggling cable network will be available. The new number is up to about 17 million from the current … Read More »
UPDATE, 5:05 PM: “The (SNL Kagan) report is riddled with inaccuracies and bad information. The venture is on more solid ground with more business momentum than ever before. Last Sunday, OWN was the number one cable network for women and people at 10pm. We remain confident in the future of OWN, and the long-term value we are building,” Discovery Communications spokesman David Leavy emailed to Deadline just now.
PREVIOUS, 3:16 PM: Research and investment firm SNL Kagan is the source authority for the kinds of financial information about cable channels that everyone wants to know, and that most companies don’t want to disclose. So it’s sure to attract a lot of attention with a report today from its respected long-time analyst Derek Baine who says that Discovery may need to take “a significant write-down” in Q1 for its investment in OWN to account for “programming costs for shows that are not working, as well as severance costs for those being laid off.” Last week the joint venture with Oprah Winfrey cancelled Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show and fired about 30 employees. Baine says he “would not be surprised to see Discovery ask Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Productions to finance some of the network’s losses going forward. Discovery has already funded well-beyond its $189 million commitment and they may want Harpo Productions to have more skin in the game.” Baine’s estimate of OWN’s $142.9M operating loss this year is up 33.6% from the $107M loss that SNL Kagan figured for OWN in 2011. Discovery reported a $35M loss for its equity investments last year, but that includes The Hub – which Kagan says probably broke even — as well as 3net and channels in Canada and Japan.
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OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network may be struggling in the ratings but Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav says he believes the channel just needs more time to connect with viewers. The success of Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s is one bright … Read More »
Oprah Winfrey’s new primetime out-of-studio show Oprah’s Next Chapter will debut at 8 PM Sunday, January 1, 2012 with a two-hour segment featuring Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler from his home in New Hampshire. The OWN show will … Read More »
UPDATE, 2:30 PM: Discovery says that OWN is draining cash — the company added $12M to its investment in the joint venture during 3Q. Still, CEO David Zaslav says he’s optimistic, although “this is going to take some time”: … Read More »
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 »
Christina Norman, ousted as CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network in May, will become executive editor of HuffPost Black Voices, a new site that the AOL Huffington Post Media Group is expected to launch later this week. Norman plans to kick off … Read More »