OWN EXPANDS THE NETWORK'S PODCAST SLATE WITH "OPRAH'S MASTER CLASS"
New Podcast Launches on Apple Podcasts Beginning July 19,
with Sneak Preview Available Today
LOS ANGELES - Expanding on the popular podcast "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations," OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today it will launch the podcast version of its Emmy-nominated series "Oprah's Master Class" on Apple Podcasts. A sneak preview of the podcast featuring actor and producer Dwayne Johnson is available today, July 17, and the podcast will officially debut on Thursday, July 19 with hip-hop innovator and entrepreneur Jay-Z. Each week, the podcast will feature previously aired content from the television series' most popular interviews with the most respected and renowned actors, musicians, public figures and athletes sharing their greatest life lessons in their own words.
"The success we've experienced with Apple podcast and other platforms really speaks to the power of Oprah's brand," said Erik Logan, president, OWN. "Expanding our offering with 'Oprah's Master Class' will allow the brand to provide inspirational and thought-provoking content to an even wider audience with the help of some of the most influential talent."
The network's first-ever podcast, "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations," debuted as the #1 on Apple Podcasts in August 2017 and draws nearly 1.5 million downloads a week and has been downloaded over 57 million times.
Beginning the week of July 22, a new episode of "Oprah's Master Class" podcast will be available every Thursday. Following is the schedule of featured guests through August.
· Thursday, July 26: Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys
· Thursday, August 2: Grammy Award-winning musician and actor Justin Timberlake
· Thursday, August 9: NBA champion and Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal
· Thursday, August 16: Grammy Award-wining country singer Reba McEntire
· Thursday, August 23: Television personality Steve Harvey
· Thursday, August 30: Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield
Other "Oprah's Master Class" interviews available on the podcast will include actor and activist Jane Fonda, hip-hop pioneer and actor LL Cool J, producer and television personality Simon Cowell, and actor/comedian Kevin Hart.
About the podcasts:
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's first-ever podcast, "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations," debuted in August 2017 at #1 on Apple Podcasts, featuring audio from the three-time Emmy Award-winning television series "Super Soul Sunday," delivering insight and inspiration from renowned thought leaders to awaken viewers to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The podcast has been downloaded over 57 million times by listeners in over 155 countries worldwide. "Oprah's Master Class," the podcast version of OWN's Emmy-nominated series, launched in July 2018. The podcast features the series' most popular interviews with the most respected and renowned actors, musicians, public figures and athletes sharing their greatest life lessons in their own words. "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations" and "Oprah's Master Class" podcasts are available now on Apple Podcasts and other platforms. Recent podcast interviews have featured Amy Schumer, Tom Brady, will.i.am, Maria Shriver, Jordan Peele, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Trevor Noah, Salma Hayek Pinault and Stephen Colbert.