Oprah Names New GM
Tina Perry has been named the new General Manager of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN TV network. She is currently the network’s EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, and she is also a board member. She led negotiations for Queen Sugar, which was created by award-winning Director/Producer Ava DuVernay featuring an all-female slate of directors. She also negotiated the overall deal with Lionsgate which has included one of the network’s most successful series launches to date with hit megachurch drama Greenleaf from Writer/Producer Craig Wright. And she negotiated the deal for Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s Love Is ___, as well the network’s two new series from Will Packer and the upcoming drama David Makes Man from Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, who directed Moonlight. In her new capacity, she will oversee all business and creative areas of OWN and report directly to Oprah. “I am honored and humbled to be given this opportunity to work with Oprah and Discovery to lead OWN to the next level of greatness,” said Perry. “Having been a part of the network from the beginning, I am excited for all we have accomplished and look forward to continuing our growth.” Prior to joining OWN, Perry handled business and legal affairs for VH1 and MTV at Viacom. The 1994 Stanford graduate went on to earn her Master’s from Oxford in 1998 before completing Harvard Law School in 1999. She officially assumes the new role in January and will be based in LA. OWN has become the leading cable network for African American women and has expanded its slate with a focus on premium scripted programming. The network currently has five of the top 20 original scripted series on ad-supported cable among women 25-54. Discovery, Inc. paid $70 million late last year to become the majority shareholder in OWN, hence the title thing. OWN was previously owned 50-50 by Discovery and Oprah’s Harpo. More here.