Winfrey ropes in Roberts, Hawn, for docu-films on OWN
New York: TV mogul Oprah Winfrey has reportedly roped in Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts, ForestWhitaker and Goldie Hawn to produce documentaries for her soon-to-be launched cable network OWN.
The talk show queen has also taken on-board filmmaker Gabriel Byrne and actress Mariel Hemingway to produce the docu-films which will be part of the monthly `Documentary Film Club` to air on the network, reported New York Daily News.
"All of these documentaries fundamentally explore human interaction, relationships and emotions. We`re excited to provide viewers with new perspectives and new ways of looking at core themes that shape and affect their lives," Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer of OWN, said in a
Roberts will present and executive-produce `Extraordinary Moms`, a film looking at the power of mothers who have fought to make their kids - and the world - better.
Oscar-winning actor Whitaker is behind and will narrate `One Last Shot`, a film that goes inside Louisiana`s Angola prison to look at men who work in the institution`s hospice wing, which cares for dying inmates.
Hawn will produce, host and narrate `Searching for Happiness`, a documentary focusing on positive psychology.
Byrne`s film `Tent City` will be on homeless people in Nashville, while Hemingway will explore the legacy of suicide in her own family in the `Seven Suicides`.
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is scheduled to launch next year, and will replace Discovery Health on cable systems around the country.
It was reported that Winfrey has offered former Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson to star in a reality docudrama, taking an inside look at the private life of her.
"We have had initial conversations with Sarah Ferguson about a docu-series, not a talk show, but there is nothing to announce at this time," said a spokesperson for OWN.