(AP) – The Oprah Winfrey Network is canceling the TV series Love Is __ after the man in the middle of the show was accused of domestic violence. The series is based on the real-life love story of producer Mara Brock Akil and executive producer Salim Akil.
OWN shut down the second season this week after one of Salim Akil’s ex-lovers sued him. Amber Dixon Brenner says Akil physically, verbally, and sexually abused her during a ten-year extramarital affair. The actress, who appeared in the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, also says Akil stole the idea for Love Is __ from a screenplay she wrote.
(SL) –Today in news that is simply related to a business deal and is not necessarily indicative of anyone’s future plans, Oprah Winfrey has sold off some of her stake in the OWN network to Discovery Communications for $70 million, giving it majority control. That comes from the Los Angeles Times, which explains that OWN used to be a 50-50 joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery, but this deal brings its ownership to “nearly 75 percent.” Winfrey will still serve as OWN’s CEO, and she will “work exclusively” on basic cable for the network through 2025.
Discovery said it paid $70 million to acquire an additional 24.5 percent stake in OWN from Winfrey’s production company, Harpo Inc.
Harpo Inc. retains a minority stake in OWN, and Winfrey will continue in her role as CEO through at least 2025.
“This transaction allows Discovery and Oprah to unlock more value from our partnership; extends once more her commitment to the network; and lets us continue our strong work together to nourish OWN viewers with the content they love,” Discovery CEO David Zaslav said.
In September, Discovery agreed to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. for $11.9 billion.
Discovery said once the Scripps acquisition is completed and combined with its existing female-focused networks, Discovery will be home to five of the top pay-TV networks for women.
The Scripps acquisition will give Discovery channels that include HGTV and Food Network.
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