OWN Acquires Network Television Rights to 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 26, 2013 1:57 PM
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Oprah Winfrey in the "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has secured the network television rights to Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the much-discussed drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, in an all-star cast, that's grossed over $100 million thus far.

OWN has licensed the first broadcast window behind pay television beginning in 2017.

“On the heels of the film’s fantastic debut, we couldn’t be more excited to showcase this incredible movie for our viewers,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN  “This is a film that every American should see and we look forward to its debut on OWN,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN.

"OWN is the ideal broadcast home for this film, which has had such a tremendous response from theatrical audiences," said TWC's Harvey Weinstein. "It's been an honor to work alongside Oprah Winfrey, whose performance and support on the picture have been second to none, and we're thrilled that her network has come on board."

Of course, you can also go see it while it's still in theaters, or rent it when it's on DVD and VOD, or when it's on pay cable TV, all available before its OWN broadcast premiere.

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4 Comments

  • DOLORES PHATTS | September 27, 2013 11:16 AMReply

    ELATED TO SEE OWN HAS THE RIGHTS TO THE BUTLER,COULD THERE HAVE BEEN ANYONE ELSE WHO WOULD SEE THAT IT GETS THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES.SHE HAS EMOTION INVESTMENT IN IT,AS DO ALL OF THE ACTORS.THEY ALL WORKED FOR SCALE,INSTEAD OF SALARIES THEY COULD HAVE EARNED.THEY WERE IN SUPPORT OF DANIES AND WHAT HE IS ABOUT.SAW IT TWICE.HOPE WHEN SHE SHOWS IT ITS NOT CUT UP WITH COMMERCIALS,AND WE SEE THE ENTIRE MOVIE.AS USUAL OPRAH MAKES ME PROUD TO BE A W O M A N.KUDOS AND TKS

  • Winston | September 26, 2013 4:40 PMReply

    Soon to be followed by the acquisition of the rights to "Beloved", "The Color Purple", "The Women of Brewster Place"and "Brewster Place: The Series".

  • sosgemini | September 26, 2013 11:51 PM

    I wish she was take pride in Beloved the way she is The Butler. That film is an ignored horror masterpiece IMHO. Folks expected a sunny Oprah AfterSchool Special take on slavery and instead got a cold slap in the face of the true psychological trauma that affected many. It's a shame that she's not proud of the film simply because it didn't deliver at the box office or merit Oscar gold.

    And as happy as I am at The Butler's success, the film is a safe artistic expression. Hopefully the Harpo that made Beloved and backed Precious will still rear it's head from time to time.

  • Kim | September 26, 2013 6:06 PM

    Lol so true

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