Oprah's channel to feature film club series

OWN will air doc-centric show monthly in primetime

In the tradition of Oprah Winfrey's famous book club, the talk show host's cable channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will launch a documentary film club.

OWN has partnered with Ro*co prods., a division of documentary film distributor Ro*co Films International, to do a primetime monthly documentary film series on the cable channel, a co-venture between Winfrey's Harpo Prods. and Discovery Communications, which is scheduled to premiere in January 2011.

Additionally, exclusive footage from the films featured in the documentary film club will be put up on OWN.tv, and some of them will get nationwide theatrical screenings.

OWN is planning to create communities nationwide that can screen the films together and participate in a live, moderated panel discussion.

The films selected for the club will have inspirational themes.

"OWN's commitment to self-discovery provides the ideal platform to elevate documentary films and the real, compelling stories they tell," OWN CEO Christina Norman said.

Ro*co, founded in 2000 by managing director Annie Roney, has distributed eight Oscar-nominated feature documentaries, including "Born Into Brothels," "The Garden," "Jesus Camp," "No End in Sight," "Promises," "Regret to Inform," "Street Fight" and "The Weather Underground."