OWN execs talk the network's climb, Lohan series
FILE - This Aug. 2, 2012 file photo shows Sheri Salata, left, and Erik Logan, co-presidents of OWN addressing reporters during the network's Summer 2012 TCA Presentation at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The upcoming Lindsay Lohan series on OWN will be more documentary than reality show. Logan and Salata told journalists attending the annual Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday, July 25, 2013, that filmmaker Amy Rice will direct the series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The upcoming Lindsay Lohan series on OWN will be more documentary than reality show.
OWN and Harpo Studios Presidents Erik Logan and Sheri Salata told journalists Thursday attending the annual Television Critics Association press tour that filmmaker Amy Rice will direct the series.
Rice directed the 2009 documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama." The series will be produced by Pilgrim Studios and Winfrey will appear on the show.
In an one-on-one interview with The Associated Press, Logan expanded on plans for the show saying, "part of what makes this opportunity very exciting (is) because I don't think it's gonna be anything that anybody expects."
Logan said Winfrey is currently on vacation and with Lohan still in rehab the direction of the series will unfold once the two begin talking.
The partnership will begin with an exclusive interview to tape and air in August, followed by an eight-part series slated to air in 2014.
As for reports of a $2 million dollar deal for Lohan to agree to do the show, Logan and Salata would not comment.
"We don't comment on any of the deals that we have with any of our partners through any of our contracts," said Logan. "Those are all confidential and proprietary. We have a great partner with Lindsay's manager and her team. They've been very collaborative and I think they're all aligned with potentially what we want to accomplish so we're excited about getting to work about it.
FILE - This April 11, 2013 file photo shows actress Lindsay Lohan, a cast member in "Scary Movie V," at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. The upcoming Lohan series on OWN will be more documentary than reality show. OWN and Harpo Studios Presidents Erik Logan and Sheri Salata told journalists attending the annual Television Critics Association press tour Thursday, July 25, that filmmaker Amy Rice will direct the series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
The Lohan "get" is just one in a long line of big interviews that Winfrey has managed to snag since launching OWN — the biggest arguably being with Lance Armstrong in February.
"Here's another little secret," said Salata, "Oprah, we're finding out, is quite the booker herself. Oprah booked Lance Armstrong. The truth is it's such a huge advantage. It is competitive to get interviews especially exclusive and first ones but what a huge advantage. You're gonna sit down with Oprah Winfrey and she's gonna help you tell your story."
Winfrey has also interviewed Beyonce, Rihanna and Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina not long after the death of her mother.