“The future’s so bright it burns our eyes"
Oprah Winfrey is spilling some secrets of her success in a recent interview with VARIETY and lighting up the mag’s cover.
It has been five years since she launched her network, OWN and she explained how she made it a success.
“I wanted to have a way to speak to people and be connected and cultivate more meaningful conversations that mattered to people…..my dream of of having this network and programming created to uplift and to entertain,” she said. “We have invested in storytelling. We have created a space where our loyal audience can come week after week.”
After a rocky start, plenty of people doubted Oprah could keep her network running.
“Lorne Michaels (the creator of “SNL”) told me over four years ago that it was going to take five years to get up on its feet,” she said.
Thankfully, her partnership with Tyler Perry and his hit shows helped to take the channel to the next level and secure major ratings.
“Tyler has been such a boon for us,” she noted.
Now, she’s focused on a new line up of programming including her upcoming 7-day event, Belief, which took three years and 32 countries to produce.
She’s also working on a scripted series that she will star in called green leaf and Queen Sugar, directed by Ava Duvernay.
“The future’s so bright it burns our eyes,” she said.