FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES – Jeffrey Meier has been named senior vice president, scheduling, acquisitions and strategy for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, effective immediately. Meier comes to OWN from TV One, where he served as acting head of programming. While at TV One, he spearheaded acquisitions and scheduled programming events such as the 30th anniversary rebroadcast of the Roots miniseries, resulting in record ratings for the channel.
In his new position, Meier will oversee all strategic scheduling, acquisitions and program planning for OWN. Additionally, he will negotiate acquisition deals, collaborate on original programming and manage content for alternate program platforms.
"Jeff's exceptional skill for creating strategic schedules and programming events is exactly what I was looking for with this position," said Robin Schwartz, president of OWN, to whom he will report. "His enthusiasm and sheer passion for programming will help to make OWN the best viewing experience that it can be."
Prior to his work with TV One, Meier ran his own consulting business, where he worked with a wide range of entertainment companies, including Lionsgate Entertainment, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment and E! International. Before that, from 2000–2001, Meier was a programming executive at Packetvideo Corporation, and from 1999–2000 he worked at Telemundo Network Group LLC as vice president, programming and scheduling.
In addition, Meier has held the role of director, programming, research and development for Columbia Tristar International Television, where he helped to build a multibillion-dollar international cable channel business as the programming executive on the Sony channel task force. He began his career in New York City in programming for Comedy Central. Meier earned his masters degree from Harvard University's Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He will be based at OWN's headquarters in Burbank, California.
About OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
A joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is a multiplatform media company designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN will debut in more than 70 million homes on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also will include the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company, reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services and a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
Harpo Productions, Inc. produces the number-one–rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show; creates and develops original TV programming for primetime, syndication and cable television; and operates Oprah.com, a premier lifestyle website. Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication. Harpo Films, Inc. produces feature films as well as top-rated telefilms under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner. Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio (XM channel 156, Sirius channel 195) on Sirius XM Radio.
Published on November 10, 2008