Darlene Love
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Oprah Winfrey to exec produce the project

OWN is moving into the longform business, acquiring the rights to singer Darlene Love’s memoir for adaptation as a TV movie to be exec produced by  Oprah Winfrey.

Love’s memoir, “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” is slated to be OWN’s first original telepic. Love is exec producing alongside Morgan Neville, director of the recent docu on Love and other backup singers, “Twenty Feet From Stardom.”

Love’s rich voice distinguishes a slew of 1960s and ’70s pop and R&B hits, including “He’s a Rebel” and “Today I Met The Boy I’m Gonna Marry.”

“The fantastic life journey of music great Darlene Love is the perfect choice for our first original scripted movie,” said OWN prexy Sheri Salata.

“From her first hit song to her darkest days cleaning houses in Beverly Hills to make ends meet, to the triumphant comeback that made rock and roll history, Darlene is a true living legend who worked with many of the greatest talents in music from Elvis Presley and Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen,” she said.

OWN has also licensed the first broadcast window for “Twenty Feet From Stardom.” Doc will premiere on OWN next year.

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