Karen S. Grant-Selma
SVP, Head of Business & Legal Affairs,
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
Karen Selma-Grant, a Miami native and daughter of Jamaican immigrants, currently serves as the head of the business and legal affairs department at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In addition to negotiating talent, production and license deals for both scripted and unscripted programming, her role includes overseeing OWN standards & practices, international sales, intellectual property, human resources, union administration, insurance, participations, rights management and risk assessment.
Since arriving at OWN, Karen has been instrumental in negotiating deals related to the network’s scripted programming and acclaimed drama series such as Queen Sugar, David Makes Man, The Kings of Napa and the continuation of the courtroom drama, All Rise, with its move from CBS to OWN. On the unscripted side, she helped shepherd the network’s first franchise which began with Love & Marriage: Huntsville and has now led to the addition of Love & Marriage: DC, along with other fan favorites such as Super Soul Sunday, Ready to Love and Put A Ring On It. In the midst of the chaotic months of 2020, she supervised the team in its efforts to bring clarity and conversation to the issues of race, the pandemic and the election as they brought town halls and TV specials to the viewers under the OWN Spotlight banner, like Oprah & 100 Black Fathers, Speak Sis and Where Do We Go From Here, which was simulcast across Discovery’s 19 U.S. networks and various platforms around the world, reaching over 18 million viewers. Karen also presided over OWN’s introduction to the holiday movie space in an effort to fill the audience’s desire to see a lighthearted TV movie with a cast or a storyline that captures the culture and represents the African-American experience.
Immediately prior to joining OWN, Karen handled business and legal affairs for DreamWorks Animation, leading a new focus in development and production of both scripted and unscripted live action series. Karen’s experience with business and legal affairs for entertainment companies spans over 20 years, including eight years as vice president of business & legal affairs at ITV Studios America and positions at Live Nation Productions, Universal Pictures, Maker Studios, AMC Networks and NBCUniversal. She began her transactional career in private practice under the tutelage of Nina Shaw at the firm currently known as Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang.
Karen was recognized by Variety Magazine with inclusion on the list of the Top Lawyers in Hollywood in its 2020 Legal Impact Report.
Karen holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Miami and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (LA) and is on the Board of Councilors for the USC Gould School of Law.