Apple strikes multi-year deal with Oprah Winfrey to develop original content

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Apple strikes multi-year deal with Oprah Winfrey to develop original content

Reports suggest that Winfrey may not only make a certain type of content for Apple-the deal supposedly covers movies, TV shows, books, applications, and more.

Winfrey, a producer, an Oscar-nominated actress, talk show host, philanthropist and entrepreneur, hosted the #1 daytime talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years and via her Harpo Productions developed the long-running hit syndicated shows Dr. Phil, The Dr. Oz Show and Rachael Ray. Apple didn't provide any specific details as to what sort of projects Winfrey would be involved in, but there will be more than one it seems.

Other outlets have sought Winfrey's services, but she hasn't had conversations about producing series for any other streaming companies, the person said, noting that Winfrey was drawn to the idea of working for Apple in particular.

Winfrey, however, is not just another showrunner or producer.

Oprah Winfrey, seen addresssing the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism commencement ceremony in May, has agreed to produce original shows for Apple's new online platform.

Winfrey recently renewed her deal to run the OWN TV network through 2025, and her contract gives her flexibility to work for other companies.

The latter has a connection with Apple as it debuted as podcast called "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations" and became a #1 program on Apple Podcasts.

It's unclear whether Winfrey's presence will flood the streaming content at hand, but there will reportedly be hosting duties involved. CNN, however, is reporting that Winfrey "is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer".

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