As CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Christina Norman is helming a network that already has a lot of buzz surrounding it. OWN, which aims to provide content about ‘living your best life,’ is set to launch in the beginning of 2011. Norman will be appearing at the Realscreen Summit in February, in an interview session where she will talk about her vision for the programming of OWN.
Norman has been with the network, a joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, since February of last year and is based out of Los Angeles. She is tasked with managing the business and programming functions for the cable channel and multi-platform venture.
Previously Norman spent 17 years with Viacom’s MTV and served as president of MTV and its sister network VH1. After stepping down as president of MTV in 2008, she took a year off and then came to OWN. Since then, she’s been shaping the yet-to-be unveiled network with the executive team; her former boss, Viacom’s ex-president and CEO Tom Freston, who was brought on for consultation and with Oprah Winfrey herself.
Last year, Norman and ro*co productions, a division of ro*co films international, made waves in the non-fiction world with news of a Documentary Club, which will feature independent documentaries on the network itself, as well as via OWN.tv and select ‘event’ theatrical presentations. ‘We have to make sure we have ways for the audience to experience these films and discussions on every platform that exists,’ says Norman of the doc club’s multi-platform nature, in an interview to be featured in realscreen‘s upcoming January/February issue. ‘The ability for us to figure out how we can do events, bring people together and inspire passionate people to continue the work of something they’ve seen in a film or expand their thinking – all of these things have to work together.’
Christina Norman’s ‘In Conversation With …’ Realscreen Summit interview session will be held on Tuesday, February 2. Look for more with Norman in the January/February issue of realscreen.