Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ are ending their multi-year agreement

Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ have finalized their mega deal that was first announced in 2018. Both sides have confirmed the development but declined to comment. It is understood that both sides have agreed to continue working together but on a project basis after their previous contract ends.

Winfrey and Apple TV+ are already working on the documentary “Sidney” about the life of legendary Oscar winner Sidney Poitier. Directed by Reggie Hudlin, this project is distributed through Apple Original Films and premiered last Friday on Apple TV+.

Winfrey and Apple also continue to collaborate on Oprah’s Book Club, available on both OprahDaily.com and Apple Books.

As part of the pact, first signed in 2018, Winfrey and Apple would create programs that would be released as part of Apple’s original content suite.

But even at that point, it seemed unclear how this deal would fit into Winfrey’s already bustling media empire. The cable channel she founded with Discovery Communications, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, developed and produced hit shows like Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar.” Winfrey extended her contract with Discovery to 2025, although Discovery increased its stake in OWN to 95% in December 2020.

More recently, some of Winfrey’s most well-known TV events — the “Oprah with Meghan and Harry” interviews and a special with Adele — have aired on CBS.

At the time of the 2018 deal, sources told Variety that Apple’s deal with Winfrey did not conflict with the Discovery agreement, and that Winfrey remained in a screen feature exclusive to OWN with limited carve-outs.

Winfrey also continues to be active through her Harpo Productions banner, which produced “Sidney”. Other recent releases include The Color of Care, a documentary for the Smithsonian Channel, and the upcoming Hulu series, Black Cake, by Marissa Jo Cerar (Wome of the Movement).

On Apple TV+, Winfrey collaborated with Prince Harry on the documentary series The Me You Can’t See. Winfrey also hosts “The Oprah Conversation” and “Oprah’s Book Club” for the streamer.

Puck News first reported the end of the deal between Apple TV+ and Oprah Winfrey.

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/oprah-winfrey-apple-tv-end-deal-1235383446/ Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ are ending their multi-year agreement

Charles Jones

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