(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Discovery Networks International and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
April 4, 2013
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK AND DISCOVERY NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL
PARTNER TO LAUNCH OWN PROGRAMMING BLOCK IN THE UK
(Los Angeles, CA and Silver Spring, MD) - OWN: Oprah Winfrey
Network and Discovery Networks International (DNI) today
announced they have partnered to launch an OWN programming block
in the United Kingdom. The multi-year deal will include
programming from popular OWN series: OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER,
OPRAH’S MASTER CLASS, OPRAH’S LIFECLASS, and SUPER SOUL SUNDAY.
The programming block marks a drive to bring broad based general
entertainment content to TLC and bring OWN content to DNI’s
female flagship channels in future. The block will premiere on
the soon-to-launch TLC in the UK, and additional launches for
the months ahead are currently being explored.
“We are so proud to build on the great success that we have had
airing OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER with Lance Armstrong and Justin
Bieber,” said Luis Silberwasser, Executive Vice President &
Chief Content Officer, DNI. “This is the next phase in
showcasing the content that is like no other, the kind that only
Oprah and her team at OWN can deliver. This is a real win for
DNI, OWN, and most importantly, our viewers with the stars and
celebrities that are featured across OWN programming. We are
delighted to premiere this block in the UK on TLC at its
“OWN’s success in the U.S. has afforded us this opportunity to
expand our programming internationally reaching Oprah’s
dedicated fans around the world,” said Erik Logan, president,
OWN. “We are seeing great demand for our series as we continue
to build our worldwide audience. We’re thrilled to be able to
continue the network’s momentum with this international
OWN will continue its partnership with Passion Distribution to
distribute other OWN programming internationally.
About the programs:
OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER: Viewers join Oprah for in-depth interviews
with some of today’s biggest newsmakers and celebrities. The
series has delivered some of the network’s highest ratings
reaching millions of viewers worldwide.
OPRAH’S MASTER CLASS: Oprah uncovers the successes, failures and
lessons of some of the most brilliant and famous people of our
time, including Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Diane Sawyer, Lorne
Michaels, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Sidney Poitier, Dr. Maya Angelou
-- and even Oprah Winfrey herself.
OPRAH’S LIFECLASS: Taking the role of a teacher alongside
handpicked experts, Oprah highlights the lessons and principles
that guide her life.
SUPER SOUL SUNDAY: The multi-award winning series inspires
viewers to become the best they can be and find a deep
connection to the surrounding world. During this inspiring block
of programming, Oprah sits down with top thinkers, visionaries
and authors to discuss themes of happiness, spirituality and
personal fulfillment. Notable guests include Elie Wiesel, Wayne
Dyer, Gary Zukav, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson and Ram Dass.
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