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Oprah Winfrey Network buys its first documentary, 'Family Affair'

Oprah Winfrey was a player at Sundance.

OWN, the cable network she is launching next January in partnership with programming behemoth Discovery Communications, bought its first documentary at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

"Family Affair," written and produced by Chico David Colvard, tells the story of how the filmmaker — at the age of 10 — shot his older sister in the leg. That random action, according to Colvard, shattered his family and exposed the abuse that his sisters suffered by their father. Thirty years after the shooting, Colvard visited with family members to document their pain, their resilience and "the nature of forgiveness." The film was also produced by Liz Garbus.

Executives at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network have been low-key about the strategy of the channel except to say it will feature inspirational programming with themes of empowerment. Plans for the channel include a monthly Winfrey-inspired feature called the Documentary Film Club.  Last month, the channel entered a partnership with Ro*Co Films to identify documentaries for the channel.

OWN executives declined to say how much they paid for Colvard's documentary.

— Meg James

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Will OWB be a new channel on cable tv or is it on your Sirrus satllite? Looking forward to (hopefully) being able to watch your nre show? I should be interesting to be filmed in different locations around th world. I will miss your old show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" ut now is the time for a change.
Congratulations on the new show and thanks for many years of your talk show. Will we still be able to email places/people for interviews or to watch and see what has happened? What ever happened to your frst cook, Rosie? she had a cookbook come out titles "Cookin in the Kitchen with Rosie". then she just kinda feel off the face of the earth. Keep up the great work.


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