Tina Perry was named General Manager of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network effective January 2019, spearheading all day-to-day operations and creative areas of OWN. Perry, who reports to OWN Chairman and CEO Oprah Winfrey, also oversees the network’s growing digital division, as well as “WATCH OWN,” the network’s TV Everywhere app, and a variety of online content on Oprah.com, the network’s award-winning website.
Perry is a seasoned dealmaker whose exceptional leadership and business acumen provide strong direction for the network to reach and grow OWN’s diverse audience. Perry has been leading business and legal affairs for OWN and Oprah.com since joining the network in 2009. She has been instrumental in the network’s ongoing evolution into scripted programming. Perry led negotiations for the network’s acclaimed drama “Queen Sugar” created by award-winning director/producer Ava DuVernay featuring an all-female slate of directors. She also negotiated the overall deal with Lionsgate which has included one of the network’s most successful series launches to date with hit megachurch drama “Greenleaf” from writer/producer Craig Wright.
Most recently, Perry negotiated the deals for the network’s two new series from prolific hitmaker Will Packer, and the drama “David Makes Man” from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”).
Perry is a regular speaker and panelist at industry and academic events aimed at fostering growth and advancement for both women and minorities. She was a panelist at The Merge Summit: Merging Faith and Entertainment, as well as at Harvard Law School’s Celebration 60 conference. She also provided the keynote address at the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program.
Perry has a passion for contemporary art and is a member of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Board of Trustees. Perry is also a founding board member of The Mistake Room, LA’s independent, non-profit global platform for contemporary art and ideas.
Prior to joining OWN, Perry handled business and legal affairs for VH1 and MTV at Viacom. Before her role at Viacom, she was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP in New York. While there, she represented public companies in connection with public offerings, private placements and general corporate governance matters.
Perry holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, a Master of Science in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford and graduated with Honors from Stanford University.