Oprah Winfrey
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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


Chairman / CEO

In the wake of the nationwide Black Lives Matters protests, Winfrey redoubled her focus on social justice, making police shooting victim Breonna Taylor the first person other than herself to grace the cover of her eponymous magazine, partnering with Nikole Hannah-Jones to develop her “The 1619 Project” for various adaptations, and hosting the two-night special “OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?” As part of her first-look deal with Apple TV Plus, in July 2020 she launched new interview series “The Oprah Conversation,” focusing on newsmakers and thought leaders, with an episode titled “How to Be an Antiracist.” She also encouraged voter turnout by making election day in November a paid holiday for OWN employees.


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


  • Tennessee State University (TN, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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'Insecure' Star Yvonne Orji to Develop Disney Plus Comedy Series With David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey Producing

'Insecure' Star Yvonne Orji to Develop Disney Plus Comedy Series With David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey Producing

Yvonne Orji is developing a semi-autobiographical comedy series at Disney Plus that boasts David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey among its executive producers, Variety has learned.Titled "First Gen," the half-hour show is based on Orji's personal experiences growing up as a Nigerian immigrant in America. As a child, she’s caught between trying to honor her parents and culture while simultaneously trying to assimilate to American life.Orji will write and executive produce the project, which will mark her first scripted series writing credit....


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