Oprah Sells Harpo Studios And Leaves History Behind
Oprah Winfrey has sold her namesake Harpo studio complex in Chicago’s West Loop.
The deal allows Winfrey’s production company to continue working out of the space for at least another two years. Harpo Studios was home to the Oprah Winfrey Show until it went off the air nearly three years ago. Since then it’s housed production for Oprah’s OWN network.
A Chicago real estate investment firm called Sterling Bay purchased the property for an undisclosed amount. Sterling Bay also owns buildings that are home to Google, Sara Lee, and Starbucks’ Midwest headquarters.
In late 2008, Harpo Films signed an exclusive output pact with HBO. Previously, Harpo Films had a deal with ABC, which included production of Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day. In February 2013, Harpo Films was shut down citing that “the demand for long-form projects, especially on the broadcast side, has dried out.” Many of its employees will move on to Harpo Studios’ new scripted series division.
In it’s years active it has helped produce:
The Oprah Winfrey Show Dr. Phil Rachael Ray The Dr. Oz Show Oprah & Friends Oprah.com O, The Oprah Magazine The Nate Berkus Show O at Home The Rosie Show
The Great Debaters (2007)
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day