Oprah gives doccies a boost


Following on the success of Oprah Winfrey’s famous book club, the talk show host is to introduce a documentary film club on her cable channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

OWN has partnered with Ro*co prods., a division of documentary film distributor Ro*co Films International, to do a primetime monthly documentary film series on the cable channel. It is a co-venture between Winfrey’s Harpo Prods and Discovery Communications, which is scheduled to premiere in January 2011.

Additionally, exclusive footage from the films featured in the documentary film club will be put up on OWN.tv, and some of them will get US theatrical screenings.

OWN is planning to create communities that can screen the films together and participate in a live, moderated panel discussion.

The films selected for the club will have inspirational themes.


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