Last November Jeffrey Meier was named SVP scheduling, acquisitions and strategy for OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network, due to launch later this year via Discovery. Meier will be speaking about OWN’s emergence at this year’s Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C.
Meier started his broadcast career in programming at Comedy Central when it was in its infancy. He then moved on to Columbia Tristar Television where he was director of programming, research and development and was instrumental in building the Sony Channel. His most recent role, before his appointment to Oprah’s brand new channel, was as head of programming at TV One where he created events around programming, specifically the successful rebroadcast of the Roots miniseries on its 30th anniversary. He also created TV One’s biography series Unsung which went on to be the highest-rated original series in the history of the network.
Prior to joining TV One Meier ran his own media consulting business and worked with a variety of clients including E! International, Lionsgate Entertainment and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment.
In his current position at OWN, Meier oversees strategic scheduling, acquisitions and program planning, which includes collaborating on original programming and managing content for alternate program platforms.
At the Realscreen Summit on February 4, Meier will be part of a panel featuring various execs who have experience launching channels or in rebranding channels and programming blocks. The discussion will focus on what they are looking for now, how producers can work with them, and in the case of rebranded channels, how different their programming is, or will be, from what it was previously. Moderated by Dave Noll, president of City Lights Television, the panel will also feature Debbie Adler Myers, SVP programming Discovery Emerging Networks; Jane Rogerson, director of commissioning factual & factual entertainment UKTV and Nick Stuart, president & CEO Odyssey Networks.