12:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
OWN Exec Moves: Tina Perry Named GM, Erik Logan Departing for World Surf League
OWN will soon see some changes in its top creative post. Network president Erik Logan is departing at the end of 2018, and current business and legal affairs topper Tina Perry will fill his void as the network's new general manager.
Perry, who joined Oprah Winfrey’s media empire in 2009, has been instrumental in negotiating deals with such marquee talent as Ava DuVernay, Will Packer, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Her new post will see her running one of cable’s most thriving scripted rosters, one that includes Queen Sugar, Greenleaf and, at least for the next year, a suite of originals from Tyler Perry.
Logan has had sole creative control at OWN since counterpart Sheri Salata exited in May 2016. A passionate surfer, the longtime Winfrey collaborator will step back at year’s end for a post at the World Surf League. There, he will serve as president of content and media, while also running the sports operation’s studio.
“Erik has been a great leader and was the driving force in the network’s turn around,” Winfrey said Monday in a statement. “Everyone who knows Erik knows he has a passion for surfing and this is a perfect opportunity for him. Tina has been an important and valued member of the executive team at OWN since before launch and played a vital role in shaping the network as a member of the board. I am confident in taking the reins at OWN she will guide the network to continued success.”
As GM, Perry will report directly to Winfrey, OWN’s chairman and CEO. Logan and Perry are expected to work closely together over the coming months, with Perry officially assuming leadership in January.
“There are few people who have contributed more to OWN’s growth and success over the past ten years than Erik Logan,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of OWN cable parent Discovery. “Simply put, OWN would not be the strong and quality brand, platform and commercial enterprise it is today without Erik’s tireless hard work, steady leadership and enthusiasm for producing world-class storytelling. We wish Erik great success chasing his passion, and I look forward to welcoming Tina to the Discovery leadership team as well. As part of the original executive leadership launching OWN a decade ago, I believe Tina is the right leader at the right time who will bring exceptional relationships, capacity and management to take OWN’s many brand and business opportunities successfully into the future.”
“It has been a true privilege to work alongside Oprah for over a decade, first at Harpo and then as president of OWN, and I am grateful for the opportunity from her and David Zaslav,” said Logan. “We have built the network into a powerful platform for storytelling that resonates and uplifts people around the world. OWN is in an excellent position of strength and I am proud of what we have achieved together.”
Added Perry, who came to OWN after handling business and legal affairs for VH1 and MTV: “I am honored and humbled to be given this opportunity to work with Oprah and Discovery to lead OWN to the next level of greatness. Having been a part of the network from the beginning, I am excited for all we have accomplished and look forward to continuing our growth.”