Erik Logan was named president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in July 2011, where he spearheads the day-to-day operations for the network. Under his leadership, OWN has become one of the fastest growing cable networks and in 2016 delivered its highest rated and most-watched year in network history. Additionally, year-to-date, OWN has 3 of the Top 5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable for W25-54 with “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong” and “Greenleaf.”
OWN launched two highly acclaimed new original scripted series in 2016. “Greenleaf” debuted in 2016 to record ratings becoming 2016’s #1 new cable series for women. “Queen Sugar,” from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, premiered in September as the highest-rated two-episode debut in network history. Both series are now in their second seasons.
The network has developed several popular original series including the Emmy award-winning “Super Soul Sunday,” as well as the Emmy-nominated and NAACP Image Award-winning “Oprah’s Master Class,” along with other acclaimed series such as “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.” Additionally, the network’s hit scripted series from prolific producer and entertainer Tyler Perry, including the network’s #1 series “The Haves and the Have Nots,” have garnered record ratings for OWN. The network recently announced a new Perry comedy “The Paynes” which will debut next year.
Logan also oversees the network’s growing digital division which includes the recently launched mobile game “Bold Moves,” as well as “WATCH OWN,” the network’s TV Everywhere app and a variety of online coursework (“OWN Lifeclasses”) on Oprah.com, the network’s award-winning website.
A veteran radio and media industry executive, Logan joined Harpo Studios in 2008 as executive vice president. Previously, Logan was executive vice president, programming and broadcast operations for XM Satellite Radio where he helped build the subscriber base to beyond nine million subscribers, negotiated partnerships and managed day-to-day relationships with major content providers including Major League Baseball, PGA Tour, CNN, Clear Channel Communications and Fox News.
Prior to joining XM, Logan also served as president of programming for Citadel Broadcasting, and served for over a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting in a variety of roles, including vice president of programming.