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BRIEF: 'The Butler' TV rights are acquired by Oprah's OWN network

September 26, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 26--No surprise here. It looks like "Lee Daniels' The Butler" will have a second life as a TV show on OWN, the network created by Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the movie.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network said on Thursday that it has acquired the network television rights to the hit film from the Weinstein Co. to begin airing a show in 2017.

The drama, in which Forest Whitaker plays a White House butler who serves three decades' worth of presidents, hit theaters in August, has made more than $113 million at the box office worldwide and has generated awards buzz for Winfrey.

Winfrey plays the wife of Whitaker's character.

"OWN is the ideal broadcast home for this film, which has had such a tremendous response from theatrical audiences," said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co.

Said OWN President Erik Logan: "On the heels of the film's fantastic debut, we couldn't be more excited to showcase this incredible movie for our viewers."

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