Erik Logan departs after seven years as president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. He will be succeeded by the network’s EVP, business and legal affairs and board member Tina Perry who is being promoted to general manager. Her title aligns OWN, a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Winfrey’s Harpo, with the other Disney networks which are led by GMs.
Executives at OWN think they may have found a way to salvage Oprah Winfrey’s struggling cable network: By catering more to an African-American audience. That may help ratings, but it would mean a dramatic shift, and one that could put the channel at odds with Winfrey’s own brand.
She also adds chief creative officer of the cable network to her previous role of chairman. Harpo Studios’ Erik Logan and Sheri Salata are named presidents.