Jeffrey Meier has OWN plan

Joins as senior vp scheduling, acquisitions, strategy

The executive team at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continues to be fleshed out as Jeffrey Meier has come on board as senior vp scheduling, acquisitions and strategy for the network that bows in second-half 2009.

Meier joins OWN, a joint venture between Winfrey's Harpo Prods. and Discovery Communications, from TV One, where he was acting head of programming. At TV One, he spearheaded acquisitions and scheduled programming events like the 30th anniversary rebroadcast of the "Roots" miniseries, which broke ratings records for the channel.

In his new position, based at OWN's headquarters in Burbank, Meier will oversee strategic scheduling, acquisitions and program planning for OWN. He also will negotiate acquisition deals, collaborate on original programming and manage content for alternate program platforms.

"Jeff's exceptional skill for creating strategic schedules and programming events is exactly what I was looking for with this position," said OWN president Robin Schwartz, to whom he will report.
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