Discovery Increases Funding for Oprah Winfrey's New Network

Oprah Winfrey is a famously busy woman. And she's about to get even busier. The talk show queen has agreed to increase her on-air commitment to The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a joint venture owned equally by Oprah's production company, Harpo, and Discovery Communications (DISCA).

What that commitment looks like still isn't completely clear. But according to this SEC filing, at least, Winfrey has agreed to host or star in a show to air on OWN. Meanwhile, Discovery has agreed to increase its funding commitment to OWN from $100 million to $189 million. The joint venture also now has rights to distribution deals in the U.K. and Canada.

In April, OWN unveiled a lineup of original programming, saying the network will debut on Jan. 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes on what's currently the Discovery Health Channel.

OWN's All-Star Lineup

Winfrey, arguably the world's best-known TV host, will appear in several programs, including Oprah's Next Chapter and Oprah Presents: Master Class. Jay-Z, Bono, Simon Cowell, Lorne Michaels, Toni Morrison and Condoleezza Rice confirmed appearances on the show, OWN said. OWN also signed Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn and others for original two-hour documentaries. And Rosie O'Donnell will host a new daily talk show scheduled to debut next year.

The last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air on Sept. 9, 2011. The top-rated daytime show, aired in over 140 countries, helped make the 56-year-old entertainer one of the richest Americans, with an estimated fortune of $2.3 billion. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey is also the top earner among talk show hosts with a $315 million annual salary.

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the_fool

315 Million! Worth 2.3 Billion. She launched Barrack Obama's run for the President of The United States. This is why he cannot scold her or scorn her for making too much money. He cannot say enough is enough. As a matter of a fact he is probably looking forward to a campaign contribution. If she was a CEO of a corporation he would have his Thugs on her property threatening the whole family of the CEO and having the pay Czar demand that they cut their pay.

August 16 2010 at 7:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bettie

If you don't like Oprah or Obama fine but where is the "class" Americans are suppose to have? Why do you people have to make derogatory comments about peoples looks, life styles and contributions. Look in the mirror and you will see the America that is falling flat on its face. United we stand Divided we fall....These two people get it and are trying to unite this country.....they are not Springer and all those who want us to fight among ourselves and beat each other up. GEEEEEZZZZZZZ!

August 16 2010 at 7:14 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
irishgal5018

Sick and tired of her too. Take odumbo and go live in kenya together.

August 13 2010 at 8:53 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
purplesatinpjs3

Oprah looks nasty.

August 13 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
purplesatinpjs3

Enough of Oprah. She is a total bore.

August 13 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
PeopleSmoks

So, watchpuppie, can you explain why Oprah chooses to only live in her posh CA mansion 182 days a year so she can't be taxed as a full time resident?

August 13 2010 at 7:32 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

I hope Oprah sees fit to put on some educated women on her cable show. Some of us are tired of the airheads on The View, and others with nothing in their backgrounds than being commedians in a past life.

August 13 2010 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
onemightylight

watchpup--is English your second language or something?

August 13 2010 at 6:28 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Steven Alvarez

Just Another Fool Bowing At The Obama Alter.

August 13 2010 at 5:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
og357

No am not a big fan of Oprah, but you have to admit she as done well in the game of life. No one should have an influence on your life or your life decisions except you, yourself. Oprah didn't tell you to vote for President Obama she just said she endorses him. Sometimes we the people need to take responsiblities for our own action and stop blaming others for our mysteries.

August 13 2010 at 5:36 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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irishgal5018

I did not vote for odumbo..............

August 13 2010 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply