Winfrey's Cable Network Buys Movie In Which She Stars
The power of Oprah Winfrey to bring films before the general public that might otherwise have wound up with a short art-house run was demonstrated again on Thursday with the announcement that her OWN cable network had secured the network television rights to Lee Daniels' The Butler beginning in 2017. Winfrey's co-starring role in the movie -- she plays the wife of a butler working at the White House during the administrations of eight presidents -- no doubt helped attract moviegoers to the film, which has now grossed $108 million after six weeks. On Thursday, Sheri Salata, president of OWN and Winfrey's Harpo Productions, said, This is a film that every American should see and we look forward to its debut on OWN. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Oddly, since she has had a hand as a movie producer in the past, Winfrey is not among the 41 producers listed in the credits of The Butler.