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Harpo Productions

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Industry  Media
Founder  Oprah Winfrey
Number of employees  12,554
Owner  Oprah Winfrey
Founded  1986
Parent organization  HARPO Entertainment Group
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Formerly called  Harpo Productions (1986-2010)
Type  Subsidiary of Harpo, Inc.
Key people  Oprah Winfrey (Chairwoman/CEO) Erik Logan (Co-President) Sheri Salata (Co-President, 2011-2016) Douglas J. Pattison (CFO)
Products  The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011) Dr. Phil (2002–present) Rachael Ray (2006–present) The Dr. Oz Show (2009–present) The Nate Berkus Show (2010–12) The Rosie Show (2011–12) Super Soul Sunday (2011–present) Iyanla: Fix My Life (2012–present) Oprah Prime (2012–15) Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2011–present) Oprah's Master Class (2011–present) Oprah's Lifeclass (2011–14)
Headquarters  Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Harpo Productions (also referred to as Harpo Studios) is a US-based multimedia production company founded by Oprah Winfrey (the name "Harpo" is "Oprah" spelled backwards, and was the name of her on-screen husband in The Color Purple) and is the sole subsidiary of her media and entertainment company, Harpo, Inc. Harpo Productions's subsidiaries consist solely of Harpo Print, LLC (the company's publishing house). One of its subsidiaries, Harpo Films (the company's film studio), was shut down in early 2013. Another, Harpo Radio (the company's radio broadcasting division), was shut down January 1, 2015 after satellite radio provider SiriusXM decided not to renew the deal with the radio service. The company also counts in its holdings 50% of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) (the company's joint venture cable network with Discovery Communications). It was based in Chicago, and Harpo Studios (the company's TV production studio and corporate headquarters for Harpo Productions) was located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago until the studios closed in 2015. Harpo Productions and OWN are both currently based in West Hollywood, California.


The land where the production studio formerly sat once housed the 2nd Regiment Armory that was used as a makeshift morgue for victims of the capsizing of the steamer SS Eastland. The 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) facility was renovated and opened in the late 1980s for use by The Oprah Winfrey Show. The first "Oprah" show taped at Harpo Studios was on January 15, 1990.

Harpo Print, LLC

Together with Hearst Magazines, Harpo Print, LLC publishes O, the Oprah Magazine. The company also published O at Home, which Hearst officially folded in 2008 after a four-year run.

Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)

On January 1, 2011, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched. It is co-owned by Harpo Productions (50%) and Discovery Communications, Inc (50%). The network replaced the Discovery Health Channel, a cable channel previously owned by Discovery Communications, Inc. The network boasts a variety of new shows, including some hosted by the stable of experts Winfrey has cultivated on her daytime talk show including: The Gayle King Show, Our America with Lisa Ling, In The Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman and Enough Already! with Peter Walsh.

Harpo Studios

Harpo Studios was the home of The Oprah Winfrey Show located in Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago. The set also housed The Rosie Show, an American evening television talk show which was hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell, airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Harpo Studios has Emmy Award-winning teams in production designs, lighting, camera work, editing, audio direction and graphic design. It also served as the location for the set of The Women of Brewster Place. Scenes from Beloved were also filmed on a set in Harpo Studios. The studio was sold to developer Sterling Bay in 2014 and was demolished in 2016. The site will be home to the new global headquarters of McDonald's.

Harpo Films, Inc.

Founded in 1993, Harpo Films, Inc. was the biggest division of Harpo Productions, run by Kate Forte for 18 years. It was an active supplier of motion pictures, developing and producing award-winning features and long-form television programs, including the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" telefilms for the ABC television network. Harpo Films was based in Los Angeles, California.

In late 2008, Harpo Films signed an exclusive output pact with HBO. Previously, Harpo Films had a deal with ABC, which included production of Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day. In February 2013, Harpo Films was shut down, citing that "the demand for long-form projects, especially on the broadcast side, has dried out." Many of its employees will move on to Harpo Studios' new scripted series division.

Feature Films

  • Beloved (1998)
  • The Great Debaters (2007)
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  • The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)
  • Selma (2014) (under Harpo Productions)
  • Telefilms

  • Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Amy & Isabelle
  • David & Lisa
  • The Wedding
  • Before Women Had Wings
  • Harpo Radio, Inc.

    Harpo Radio, Inc. was the holding company for the Oprah & Friends channel (156 on XM Satellite Radio). Oprah & Friends featured a broad range of daily and weekly programming on a variety of topics including self-improvement, nutrition, fitness, parenting, health, home, finance and current events hosted by personalities from The Oprah Winfrey Show and O, The Oprah Magazine.

    Regular presenters included specialists from a variety of fields, including Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Robin Smith, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Bob Greene, Nate Berkus, Jean Chatzky, Gayle King, Rabbi Shumley Boteach, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, and Michael Losier. Oprah, herself, also personally interviewed some of the most influential voices in the spiritual realm on her weekly program, Oprah's Soul Series.

    Harpo Radio, Inc. produced and broadcast the Oprah & Friends channel from an XM studio in Chicago, Illinois, from New York, New York. The service shut down on January 1, 2015.


    Harpo Productions Wikipedia