Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ are wrapping up their multi-year content deal, announced in 2018, sources confirm The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources say Winfrey and Apple TV+ will continue to work together but on a project-by-project basis.
The news came a few days after the documentary came out Sidney, a partnership between Winfrey and Apple TV+ that focuses on the life of Sidney Poitier. Reginald Hudlin directed the material, which premieres Friday on the streaming service.
In addition, the couple will continue to collaborate on Oprah’s Book Club, available on Apple Books as well as OprahDaily.com.
However, two of Winfrey’s most recent hit shows – her exclusive interviews with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and with Adele – have aired on CBS.
When the deal was signed in 2018, sources said CHEAP that the pact includes movies, TV, apps, books, and other content that can easily be distributed on Apple’s comprehensive platform. The deal is also non-exclusive, allowing Winfrey to continue as director of the Discovery Communications-backed OWN cable network.
Winfrey is said to have landed Apple in a competitive situation, with other tech giants, possibly including Netflix and Amazon, also pursuing a deal with Winfrey.
Sources say CHEAP that Apple has been actively pursuing Winfrey as part of a larger effort to reach a wider audience. At the time, Apple was making it clear to Hollywood that it was serious about its efforts in the content business and was looking for great talent to work with.
Apple has since won two consecutive best comedy series Emmys (for Ted Lasso) and has further cemented its intentions with the industry.
As for Winfrey’s deal with Apple, it also brought the documentary series Me that you can’t see, partnership with Prince Harry focuses on mental health, as well as Oprah dialogue, a series of discussions with messengers.
Puck News was the first to report that Winfrey and Apple TV+ have ended their deal.