Press release from Harpo Productions, Feb. 7, 2019:
Terry Wood has been named Executive Vice President, Harpo Productions in a newly created position that will oversee production of original content for the multi-year partnership between global media leader Oprah Winfrey and Apple. Wood is a dynamic executive with the rare combination of experience in studio, network broadcast, syndication and streaming, as well as a long track record of programming success. She reports to Winfrey.
“Terry has broad experience across the media industry and an extensive knowledge of what connects to viewers in a meaningful way,” said Winfrey. “I look forward to working with her as we create content for Apple that can impact people around the world.”
“This incredible opportunity to once again work with Oprah is truly a full circle moment,” said Wood. “I am invigorated by this new partnership between Oprah and Apple and will bring my full range of experience to create inspiring and entertaining content.”
Most recently Wood was part of the creative team at Netflix since 2015 where she helped the streaming service move into weekly content. During her tenure, she oversaw the launch of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Chelsea Handler’s talk show “Chelsea,” and brought David Letterman out of retirement for the Emmy-nominated “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” Wood also oversaw the launch of “Bill Nye Saves the World,” “The Norm McDonald Show,” “The Fix with Comedian Jimmy Carr,” and “A Little Help with Carol Burnett.”
Prior to Netflix, Wood spent 13 years at CBS Television Syndication/King World, becoming president of creative and development, where she launched “Dr. Phil,” the biggest daytime launch since “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Wood was in charge of current programming at CBS Television Syndication/King World for the largest slate in syndication during that time period which also included “Rachael Ray,” “The Insider” and “The Doctors.” Previously she worked as an executive at Harpo Studios in Chicago in the 1990s alongside Winfrey on the development team.
Wood’s Emmy-winning career started in local news as a producer for TV stations in Nashville, San Diego and New York City. She worked as a producer for CBS Network News covering everything from presidential elections to hurricanes and war zones. She rounded out her time in news as a producer for “60 Minutes.”
Winfrey and Apple announced last June a multi-year content partnership where together they will create original programs that embrace Winfrey’s incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world. Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.