Oprah to Become CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah to Become CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah Winfrey will become the CEO and chief creative officer of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Published July 13, 2011

Oprah Winfrey will become the chief executive officer and chief creative officer of her network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Communications announced Wednesday.


"I am ready to dedicate my full creative energy and focus as the full time CEO of OWN," said Winfrey.


The move comes just two months after Christina Norman left her position as CEO of the company. Prior to joining OWN in 2009, Norman served as president of MTV where she oversaw strategy and management for the networks many channels. She also served as president of Viacom’s VH1.

Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, currently presidents of Harpo Studios, will now become presidents of OWN, effective immediately. Logan and Salata will work closely with Discovery Communications chief operating officer Peter Liguori in his role as interim CEO to ensure a smooth transition and maximum creative output over the coming months.

"By aligning the mission, talent and leadership of Erik, Sheri, the OWN team, the Harpo team, along with expertise of David Zaslav, Peter and all of Discovery behind us, we can unleash the full potential of the network," said Winfrey.


All future television production at Harpo Studios will be directed exclusively to OWN, strengthening the alignment and programming mission of both companies, Discovery Communications said in a press release.


The network has been struggling with ratings since its launch in January 2011 and has spent millions of dollars on programming and promotion.

Written by Deborah Creighton Skinner


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