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Apple Inks Multi-Year Partnership Deal With Oprah Winfrey For New Original Content

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In an effort to go head to head with streaming giants Netflix and Amazon, Apple announced today a marquee signing that will give it a leg up on the competition. In an effort to ramp up its original content portfolio, they have signed multi-Emmy winner, Oprah Winfrey.

Apple said the new deal will not affect Winfrey’s contract with OWN, the television network she launched in 2011. Oprah has a contract there till 2025.

In a statement, Apple related: “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world. Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.”

As for how the deal will utilize the many talents of Oprah, it is expected she will have an on-camera role as a host and interviewer, and could be in some of her projects.

For Apple landing this deal with Winfrey and other big names will keep audiences checking out content on their iPhones and Apple TV, and potentially bring in more consumers who want to see the exclusive content from O.

Reports say that new deal with Oprah will include everything but the kitchen sink from: film, applications, books, and content that can be easily distributed across all Apple platforms.  Winfrey’s “Harpo Films” will apparently own any and all content produced under the Apple partnership.

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So, what do you think of new Oprah content and programs coming to Apple? Comment below.

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I never saw Oprah as a big deal.
Daytime anyone was always daytime stuff.
I could care less about Oprah anything. And she seems from a past era lol
She had a great following I’m just of them.
And– I’m not an Apple fan even tho I have the touch iPod, New iPad, and had Apple phone but sold it got a much better Samsung.
I never cared for iTunes there are much better.

So- I won’t be tuning in but– however, all the Oprah fans that have Apple apps, enjoy 🙂

Lew S.
Lew S.

Ya did again Oprah! I don’t think she belongs to any particular era. She has proven herself to be very relevant today, with her involvement in film and television production. She is a highly regarded personality today as she was decades ago.

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su000

Oprah’s audience would definitely be by generation.
No one I know has watched daytime to have an interest in Oprah anything lol
Not everyone, especially the desired audience, most likely never tuned in to watch Oprah..

Most everyone has heard of her but still hearing of her doesn’t mean a fan or having interest in her.

She, her stuff will be playing to a select audience.
But– to all that watched her back then or her stuff on her network, enjoy.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Hi su000, Thanks we will!

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Soapluv

Oprah has an amazing fan base. Women everywhere value her success and what it has meant for women in the industry. Ellen DeGeneres gives her props better than anyone when she talks about what Oprah has meant to her.

I love her achievements, her influence and the fact that she is the very definition of a Boss. The fact that she will own the content they develop via the partnership is a tribute to her shrewd savvy and excellent negotiation. Can’t wait to see what this partnership produces.

Oprah is the definition of fierce. She has set a prime example of the heights of success a woman, not necessarily cute, not petite and not a man could achieve with focus and hard work and smarts. I’m proud of her.

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Shay

Just more of Oprah to ignore then……..okay!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Shay…EXACTLY!!!!! Thank You. Oprah is BEYOND OVERRATED and needs to go away…PERIOD!!!!!

Have a good one, Shay.

Shay
Shay

Thank you….and you’re most welcome, jaybird! Back in the day, I occasionally watched this woman’s chat show when there was a guest I desired to see, but beyond that, I’ve never understood the slavish devotion of her followers in “The Cult of Oprah.” Just always seemed quite strange to me….

Landry Allbright
Landry Allbright

I love Oprah!!!!!! I’m so excited about this.

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One of the beautiful and beloved actresses in the world, Diahann Carroll, has passed away in heartbreaking news on Friday.  Carroll died at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer, according to her daughter,  producer-journalist Suzanne Kay.

Carroll, who was first-known for her amazing singing voice, and then as an actress, received a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination in her legendary career. She also make television history for her turns on Julia and Dynasty.

In her role as Julia, Carroll, became the first African American female to star in a non-stereotypical role in her own primetime network series . Julia, premiered in September 1968, finished No. 7 in the ratings in the first of its three seasons, and Carroll received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her work.

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And later in her career, after loving ABC’s primetime soap, Dynasty, Carroll got the attention of producer Aaron Spelling to create a role on the show for her. And thus she became the one and only Dominique Deveraux … the half-sister of Blake Carrington (John Forstyhe).

That part broke ground as well, for Diahann in 1984, became the first featured African American character on a prime time soap.  Carroll later appeared on the Dynasty spinoff, The Colbys,  In films, Carroll earned her Oscar nomination for her work in Claudine (1974),

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Diahann was married four times.  In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her grandchildren, August and Sydney.

For more on the passing of Diahann Carroll check out the Hollywood Reporter.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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This past Sunday was one of the happiest days for real-life duo Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) and Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie, Y&R) when their daughter Everleigh Jolie Brooks made her entrance into the family.  Everleigh was born in Los Angeles at 4:13am and weighed in at 9 lbs and 1 oz and 21.5 inches long.

Kelly told PEOPLE.com about the birth of her new little bundle of joy:  “We keep looking at her in disbelief that we made her/  We look at her and try to figure out who she looks more like. She has my hair because I also was born with a ton, and she definitely has Darin’s height.” Darin commented: “Long lean and with great hair — she’s already a supermodel!”

Today on Thursday, Kruger tweeted: “She’s here! Everleigh Jolie Brooks 9/22/19 We are so in love!!!”

While hubby, Brooks tweeted: “She’s heeeeerrrreeeee!!!  Welcome Everleigh Jolie Brooks! Born on 09/22/2019 These two little munchkins changed my life @KrugerKelly”

Send your congratulations and well-wishes to Darin, Kelly and their baby girl Everleigh via the comment section below!

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