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Oprah now OWNs Mandela movie

06 January 2014, 09:01 Charl Blignaut, City Press

Johannesburg - It will take more than three years before the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is shown on TV.

And when it is, it will premiere behind a pay window on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), City Press reports.

Oprah, who made much of her friendship with Madiba and attended his funeral in Qunu, bought the rights from The Weinstein Company (TWC).

Her TV company seems to have weathered its early storms.

Despite initial predictions that she would be out of business within a few years, OWN ended last year on a high, with a notable increase in female and African-American prime-time viewers.

Long Walk – South Africa’s most expensive feature film - is being buoyed by a growing list of nominations.

It is up for best actor, original score and song at the Golden Globes next Sunday, and is expeced to get several nods for the Oscars as well.

- City Press


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