Oprah Winfrey has taken her network into the black. The media mogul has seen her network, OWN, turn a profit in the second quarter. David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, half-owner of the network says this happened six months ahead of schedule.
He adds that OWN has pulled down big ratings thanks to Tyler Perry shows, Have and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. Oprah’s big interviews have also drawn good ratings. New advertisers have signed up and commitments from distribution companies is also up.
The network’s target audience, women aged 25-54 years old, has increased, bumping up viewership by 39 percent.
Oprah Winfrey reprised her role of Sofia from The Color Purple to do a promo for OWN network and Tyler Perry’s new shows. In the video Sophia runs into Tyler dressed as Madea. Madea rolls up on Sophia stomping down a country road and asks where can she find OWN. Sophia responds:
“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight the press folks, I had to fight the ratings, I had to fight them haters. Girl child ain’t safe in a world full of cable channels. I loves OWN, God knows I do but I ain’t gone let nobody beat me. You want a great cable channel? You find OWN like everybody else been doing.”
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Here’s the first look at Tyler Perry’s upcoming film, Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor. The movie stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, Renee Taylor and Brandy Norwood. Jurnee plays the counselor who is married to Lance Gross and is seduced into an affair with Robbie Jones. Read more
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has greenlit two original scripted series by Tyler Perry. The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor will both be written and directed by Tyler Perry. The Haves and the Have Nots is a drama about two families, one rich and one poor. Love Thy Neighbor is a comedy about a diner filled with quirky characters.
Oprah Winfrey signed a production deal with Tyler a few months ago to bring original scripted show to the channel.
Tyler Perry dropped 30 pounds for his Alex Cross role and he’s showing off the results in Men’s Health magazine. The mogul worked with a trainer to drop the weight and add some muscle. He did hour-long circuits, free-weight and cable work in the morning and practiced martial arts for his role in the afternoon. Read more
Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it has signed an exclusive partnership with Tyler Perry. The network will become his singular destination for all new television series and projects. The deal includes two new scripted series to premiere in mid 2013, they will be the first original scripted series for OWN. Tyler will executive produce, write and direct both series.
“I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come,” said Oprah Winfrey. “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who Read more