*Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming cable network OWN is making several executive changes and developing three shows, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
On the programming side, OWN is working on shows starring celebrity chef Cat Cora and fashion expert Carson Kressley; each involves makeovers or personal transformation.
The first is a pilot order where Cora visits families in need of a crucial lifestyle change. The former Iron Chef will demonstrate how to combine healthy eating with busy lifestyles. Shed Media (“Real Housewives of New York City”) will produce.
The network also is piloting “Confrontation: The Conversation,” which documents a mediation program where a crime victim and offender come together to try to find a measure of closure. Tom Forman (“Breakthrough With Tony Robbins”) will exec produce.
In addition, “True Beauty” host Kressley is developing a make-better show for the network.
Meanwhile, the network’s programming department is shifting top executives, and OWN is appointing former MTV Networks programming veteran John MacDonald as COO/executive vp programming and digital.
MacDonald will be responsible for program planning, digital strategy, business development and day-to-day operations.
Former OWN programming head Jamila Hunter is leaving the channel. Liz Dolan, the network’s chief marketing officer, and marketing executive Greg Neal also are resigning to resume running their own businesses.
OWN, the joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications, plans to launch Jan. 1 in about 80 million homes.