Oprah Winfrey
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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


Chairman / CEO

Winfrey scored the latest in a long line of major interview ¡°gets¡± in March 2021 when she landed a sit-down with Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle in which they aired their grievances about other members of Britain¡¯s Royal Family. The resulting CBS special brought her a big payday ($7 million), huge ratings (17.1 million viewers) and an impact on England¡¯s monarchy that pundits say will be felt for years to come. Winfrey and Prince Harry reunited in May 2021 for an Apple TV+ documentary series about mental health, ¡°The Me You Can¡¯t See.¡± Meanwhile, her cable channel the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) ¡ª 95% owned by Discovery following a $35 million deal cut in December 2020 ¡ª will become part of Warner Bros. Discovery in 2022.


  • OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
  • O, The Oprah Magazine


  • Tennessee State University (TN, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Inclusion Impact
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Sidney Poitier Documentary in Production at Apple, Oprah Winfrey Attached as Executive Producer

Sidney Poitier Documentary in Production at Apple, Oprah Winfrey Attached as Executive Producer

A documentary about the career and life of the late Sidney Poitier is in production at Apple, a source close to the project has confirmed to Variety. Oprah Winfrey is attached as executive producer for the Apple Original Films release.Apple and Winfrey have been in production on the documentary for more than a year. Poitier's family is participating in the project.The documentary comes from Harpo Productions and Network Entertainment. Reggie Hudlin will serve as director. Hudlin's previous directorial credits include...


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