OWN and Discovery to Launch Programming Block in Australia
June 17, 2013
(Silver Spring, MD and Los Angeles, CA)—OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Discovery Networks International (DNI) today announced the continued international expansion of OWN with a weekly block of OWN programming that will air in Australia exclusively on Discovery Home & Health. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a joint venture subscription television network in the United States between Discovery Communications and Harpo Productions, and is the first and only network named for and inspired by a single iconic leader—Oprah Winfrey. Beginning Sunday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m., viewers in Australia will be able to watch the programming at Foxtel/Austar/Optus Channel 640. Popular series airing in the block will include Oprah's Next Chapter, "Super Soul Sunday", America with Lisa Ling (US Title: Our America with Lisa Ling) and The Oprah Winfrey Show (US Title: Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes).
The upcoming launch in Australia follows the recent debut of OWN programming in the United Kingdom on TLC. Additional international offerings of OWN programming within DNI's global lifestyle portfolio are currently being explored and will be announced at a later date.
"OWN programming is the perfect complement to the lifestyle and entertainment shows airing on DNI's popular female flagship brands. With the block's successful launch in the UK now under our belts, we are primed to bring this robust offering to Australian audiences," said Luis Silberwasser, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, DNI.
"We are thrilled to build on the network's established momentum with our shows soon to be available in the Australian market," said Erik Logan, President, OWN. "Oprah has a tremendous love for Australia and is excited to bring OWN programming to viewers on Foxtel."
The launch lineup will feature the following:
11:30 a.m. "Super Soul Sunday"
(A new episode airs every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and repeats at 7:30 a.m. the following week)
Oprah Winfrey presents programs that nourish your mind, body and spirit and which offer new, fresh and thoughtful insights into living your best life. Exploring themes and issues that include spirituality, the afterlife, alternative health, happiness and personal fulfillment, conscious living and more, these programs present an array of perspectives on what it means to be alive in today’s world. "Super Soul Sunday" is designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.
7:30 p.m. Oprah's Next Chapter
(Episode One features an intimate interview with superstar Beyoncé)
Viewers join Oprah for in-depth, one-on-one interviews with some of today's biggest newsmakers and celebrities including: Beyoncé, David Letterman, Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson and Kelsey Grammer.
8:30 p.m. The Oprah Winfrey Show: Behind the Sceenes (US Title: Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes).
For the first time ever, see how some of the biggest celebrities prepare to be guests on one of the most popular shows of all time. Follow the highly experienced production team for The Oprah Winfrey Show as they reveal exactly what it takes to make such a successful show work.
9:30 p.m. America with Lisa Ling (US Title: Our America with Lisa Ling)
From modern-day polygamy, to child sex trafficking, amateur porn and soldiers returning from battle, America with Lisa Ling takes viewers along for an in-depth look at some of the most controversial and thought-provoking issues in the U.S. today.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 223 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 162 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 20 television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. Discovery Networks International distributes 33 international brands, reaching over 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers with programming available in 45 languages. For more information please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network:
A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN debuted on January 1, 2011 on what was the Discovery Health Channel and is in approximately 80 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform, Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and press.discovery.com/us/own.