Tina Perry

Perry has really come into her own in the past year—pun intended. Since taking the reins as president in January 2019, she’s further shaped OWN into a destination that entertains and informs. Last Christmas, she greenlit the network’s first slate of holiday movies targeting African American viewers and snagged Oscar-winner Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s scripted series “David Makes Man.” Then there’s the massive OWN Your Vote initiative, which won our Public Affairs Campaign of the Year award for its aim at getting Black women to show up at the polls with their friends, family and community. Perry also amped up OWN’s specials during the pandemic and as the Black Lives Matter movement moved to the forefront. “I think we are going to continue to do quick-turn programming that talks to our viewers about issues that are relevant to their lives, like right now, this week,” she says. “When the pandemic hit and the death of George Floyd, it showed us that we could really put up some great programming, talk to our viewers about issues that matter to her and that she needed to be informed about.”

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