May 7, 2011 |
Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc. four months ago sought to lower expectations for the launch of their high-profile joint venture — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network — stressing it would take time for the new cable channel to find an audience. But the fledgling channel's tepid start failed to match even their most modest assumptions. On Friday, the channel's chief executive, Christina Norman, was ousted, and Discovery's No. 2 executive, Peter Liguori, took over the Los Angeles-based channel on an interim basis.
December 21, 2010 |
It happened in its OWN time. After three years of planning, delays and management misfires, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network finally arrives Jan. 1, the biggest launch of a cable channel in more than a decade. Wall Street and the television industry are eager to see whether the celebrity who can unleash consumer trends can leverage the success of her 25-year run in daytime television into a 24-hour cable channel. The new channel is a mix of programming that encourages people to "live their best lives" with the empowerment message that is the Oprah Winfrey brand.
April 21, 2009 |
One of the first executives hired at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is not going to live her best life with Winfrey after all. The network announced that Robin Schwartz, president of OWN, resigned Monday. Schwartz joined OWN in July as programming chief after wowing the media maven/taste-maker during her job interview. Schwartz, the former president of Regency Television, helped open the channel's offices in Los Angeles and set up its program development process.
May 24, 2013 |
After years in the making, the moment of destiny is at hand: Two of entertainment's most prominent super power brokers are joining forces, prompting a parade of hoopla, self-congratulation - and skepticism. If it were a summer movie, it might be titled "Tyler Perry's Oprah: OWNing It. " Or doubters might suggest an alternative: "Crass of the Titans. " Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, longtime friends and probably the most influential African American figures in show business, are leading the Oprah Winfrey Network into the scripted series arena this summer.
August 28, 2011
Dear Oprah Winfrey: It's been a month and a half since you announced that you would be forfeiting the much-deserved vacation you planned to take after the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to devote yourself to the struggling Oprah Winfrey Network. Now, I realize that is not a lot of time, but I've seen the description of the new fall lineup, and I'm a little concerned. The new "Rosie O'Donnell Show" could be terrific, or not, as Rosie tends to be, but the three other new shows — a reality show about a St. Louis family-owned soul food restaurant ("Welcome to Sweetie Pie's")
November 5, 2009 |
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."