OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK AND TEGNA MEDIA STRIKE DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR SYNDICATED TALK SERIES "T.D. JAKES"
Network Premiere Set for September 19
Los Angeles - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is acquiring the rights to air "T.D. JAKES" from TEGNA Media and T.D. Jakes Enterprises.
"T.D. JAKES" is the new syndicated daily one-hour talk show hosted by T.D. Jakes. Seventy affiliates will premiere the show locally on September 12, followed by OWN's launch of the show on Monday, September 19. The network will air "T.D. JAKES" Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Produced by 44Blue Productions, EnLight Productions and T.D. Jakes Enterprises, the show is currently filming in Los Angeles with Ianthe Jones serving as showrunner.
"Oprah and OWN have a wonderful, long-running relationship with Bishop Jakes," said Erik Logan, President, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. "We are thrilled to welcome his new talk show and unique, inspirational voice to the OWN family.
"Oprah Winfrey is an icon and a business mogul who has become a national treasure impacting our nation with her creativity," said T.D. Jakes. "I consider her a personal friend and I'm honored to have her support of my new show."
T.D. Jakes is one of America's top pastors, a best-selling author and visionary thought leader whose entertaining wit and signature wisdom will help viewers navigate critical issues of our times. In addition, T.D. Jakes has an extensive and loyal following. More than 11 million strong, his social "village" turns to him daily for inspiration. The show will deliver social audiences original and interactive content experiences across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and more.
About "T.D. JAKES"
"T.D. JAKES" is produced by TEGNA Media, Emmy-nominated 44 Blue Productions, Jakes' own TDJ Enterprises and EnLight Productions. Executive producers are 44Blue's Emmy-winning president and cofounder Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, as well as Jakes, Derrick M. Williams and EnLight's Emmy-award winning president Adriane Hopper Williams. Stephanie Eno is Executive in Charge of Production.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is comprised of a dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content that matters and brands that deliver. TEGNA reaches more than 90 million Americans and delivers highly relevant, useful and smart content, when and how people need it, to make the best decisions possible. TEGNA Media includes 46 television stations and is the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. TEGNA Digital is comprised of Cars.com, the leading online destination for automotive consumers, CareerBuilder, a global leader in human capital solutions, and other powerful brands such as G/O Digital and Cofactor. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand - and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own.