OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network announced an innovative partnership with ro*co productions, a division of ro*co films international, a documentary film distribution company, to identify select documentaries for OWN.
The partnership will result in a documentary film club: a multiplatform experience including a primetime monthly documentary film series airing on the channel, an online community experience and exclusive footage on OWN.tv, as well as the opportunity for some documentaries to be presented as a nationwide theatrical screening event. The “event” films will give the audience a festival experience by creating communities nationwide that can screen the film together and participate in a live, moderated panel discussion. As an important part of the new channel’s programming mix, OWN will spotlight cinematic documentaries that can inspire and entertain, as well as provide opportunities for the audience to engage with each film’s emotionally gripping, universally important themes.
“OWN’s commitment to Self-Discovery provides the ideal platform to elevate documentary films and the real, compelling stories they tell,” said CEO Christina Norman. “Partnering with ro*co productions, OWN will deliver the very best documentaries to our audience and give them ways to connect through stories that move them,” she added.
“There is a wide-ranging audience hungry for access to profound documentaries of substance and originality. Our partnership with OWN will bring these films to a broader audience, but it doesn’t stop there; community discourse and engagement is encouraged and supported as soon as the final credits roll,” said ro*co founder and Managing Director Annie Roney.