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Apple, Oprah Winfrey Announce Multi-Year Deal

The programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2018 7:10 PM CDT
Apple, Oprah Winfrey Announce Multi-Year Deal
In this March 13, 2018, file photo, actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Wrinkle In Time' in London. Apple said Friday, June 15, 2018, it has reached a multi-year deal with Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service.   (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Apple says it has reached a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service, reports the AP. Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content. Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major competitors will include Amazon and Netflix. Winfrey founded and heads the OWN channel as chair and CEO. She recently extended her contract with OWN through 2025. An OWN spokeswoman said Winfrey has an exclusive on-camera deal with OWN but can appear elsewhere on a limited basis. Winfrey's content for Apple will be solely for the streaming service, the representative said. Winfrey is in good company. According to CNN, in the past year, Apple has made deals for more than a dozen shows with high-power stars like Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Durant. (Winfrey may be everywhere, but she's not running for president.)

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