Passion brings OWN to the market

London-based Passion Distribution is showcasing OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's new slate of programming at MIPCOM, totaling more than 260 hours of original series. (Pictured, Finding Sarah: From Royalty to the Real World)
October 4, 2011

London-based Passion Distribution is showcasing OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s new slate of programming at MIPCOM, totaling over 260 hours of original series.

Passion will be representing programming on Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York; country singer Shania Twain; and Oprah’s group of experts, as well as docu-series on female prisoners.

Finding Sarah: From Royalty to the Real World (pictured above) is a six-part, one-hour series that follows Ferguson as she tries to rebuild her life, produced by World of Wonder; while Carson Nation is a six-part series following style expert Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) doing makeovers on the RelativityREAL series.

Seven-part docu-reality series Breaking down the Bars follows a group of female prisoners, produced by 44 Blue, while the four-part series Confronting deals with the mediation process between a victim and offender, also produced by RelativityREAL.

Lastly, six-part series Why Not with Shania Twain focuses on the singer rebuilding her life, produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions; and Ask Oprah’s All Stars - a 14-part series featering Dr. Phil, financial expert Suze Orman and Dr. Oz answering viewer questions - comes from Stage 29 Productions.

Sally Miles, CEO of Passion Distribution, said of the deal: “We are so proud to be working with OWN. It is a unique opportunity to bring to our international buyers a catalogue of programmes that are real, true and inspiring, that include a hot celebrity line up, and extraordinary access, and that will entertain.”

Erik Logan, president of OWN, added: “Our mission at OWN is to serve the viewer, and the more people that see our programming, the more we will be fulfilling our mandate to bring light into the world with entertaining programming that inspires people to live their best lives.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.