The highly anticipated but delayed OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network will soon have a chief creative executive.
Lisa Erspamer, who will join the Los Angeles operation in January, has something that executives who preceded her lacked: experience working directly for the demanding Winfrey. Erspamer is co-executive producer of Winfrey's daytime talk show, a position she has held for three years.
OWN said Wednesday that Erspamer would work with other executives to "create, shape and drive programming and ensure Oprah's unique editorial voice across all platforms."
The network, a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications -- has stumbled during its two-year development in organizing the right executive team. Though OWN still does not have a launch date, it has had plenty of turmoil: In the last seven months, three programmers, including the original president, have left. Early this year former MTV President Christina Norman was tapped as CEO.