Oprah Winfrey Signs Exclusive Movie Deal With HBO

Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo Films has signed an exclusive deal to develop and produce movies and miniseries for premium cable channel HBO.

The new three-year deal which begins in 2009 ends the long standing relationship Harpo Films has had with ABC that produced the Emmy-award winning films Tuesdays with Morrie and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Kate Forte, president of Harpo Films said, “it just seemed like a natural progression to move to HBO.”

“Over the last year, every time that I was bringing up projects to Oprah, every time she’d say ‘this is perfect for HBO,” Forte added.

Winfrey’s own channel, aptly named OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, is debuting next year but is expected to focus on non-scripted programming.

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