10:47 am, December 16th | by Hillary Reinsberg
It may feel like Oprah has the solutions to all your problems. But she is not the cause of all your problems, dude. An OWN reality star claims it’s Oprah’s fault that he’s now homeless. Um, say what?
11:46 am, July 29th | by Hillary Reinsberg
We’ve noted that things aren’t going particularly swimmingly at Oprah Winfrey’s TV station, OWN. But when she tweeted this photo of her new office, well… Let’s just say we’d expect a billionaire’s office to be a wee bit more…polished.
“Here I am “CEO-ing” in my new office at OWN in LA!!” she tweeted this morning. Oprah took over as CEO of OWN a few weeks ago, replacing the interim CEO Peter Liguori, ho took over when CEO Christina Norman left the company in May. Ratings have been far below what was expected and there have been quite a few shakeups around those parts, but props to Oprah for at least making the office her own… sort of?
11:51 am, July 13th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN is struggling as a TV station, and they need a new CEO. Ah, who to choose? Let’s ponder that one for a bit…how about…Oprah?
Indeed, it’s true. Oprah’s making OWN her own. At some point in the Fall, Oprah will take over as OWN’s CEO, insiders told The Wall Street Journal. Oprah will replace Peter Liguori, the COO turned interim CEO who took over when CEO Christina Norman left the company in May. Yikes. We’re not exactly surprised Oprah is having to run the company herself – clearly no one else wants to do it.
12:54 pm, June 10th | by Hillary Reinsberg
There’s usually some inherent hubris involved in becoming a mogul or billionaire in the first place – you had to think you were pretty great in the first place to start rolling in the cash and power. Some moguls “invest in” sports teams or multimillion-dollar beach houses — but others take it a step further. Some tycoons and magnates go so far as to brand themselves and their families on products. From steak to bison to sneakers to TV channels, these hotshots have some absurd products bearing their names.
12:00 pm, May 14th | by Amy Tennery
Despite the proliferation of instant-watch video content, 3-D movies and all those new fangled gadgets we hear the kids are fiddling with these days, Broadway remains the dream for many aspiring actors. They go to acting school, try out improv and post ill-advised examples of their work on YouTube, just in the hope of making it big.
If you’re a mogul, however, the steps toward this dream are rather minimal. The path is so easy, one might not even call it a dream so much as a backup plan. At least that’s what it seems to be for daytime titan Oprah Winfrey.
After dropping her OWN network CEO Christina Norman, Winfrey commented this past week that OWN is “not where I want it to be”, due in part to her ongoing commitment to her day job. Is it possible that Winfrey bit off more than she could chew launching a new channel while still hosting her eponymous talk show? Is Winfrey not Living [her] Best Life!?
3:24 pm, May 6th | by Amy Tennery
First MTV’s CEO Judy McGrath left her network after butting heads with Viacom honcho Sumner Redstone — now another MTV vet is dealing with a career crisis.
Christina Norman is out at OWN, the Oprah Winfrey network, according to the New York Times, which she’s been leading since its inception four months ago. And, as sister site Mediaite notes, it wasn’t under great circumstances. Norman, who spent nearly two decades at MTV, was tasked with getting Winfrey’s pet project off the ground, but low ratings have plagued the network from the beginning.