Oprah Makes More Changes to Her Empire

Two executives named to run her Chicago-based Harpo. And despite blogger blather, she makes it clear: We’re staying in Chicago

Last Updated: December 7, 2009 @ 3:56 PM

Oprah Winfrey is making more changes to her media empire, naming two executives to take over as president of her Harpo Productions.

Sheri Salata and Erik Logan will share the title of president for Harpo. Tim Bennett, who’s been running the company under Winfrey, said he will retire in May.

The moves come in the wake of Winfrey’s decision to end "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2011. Winfrey has also made it clear she has no plans to do a daily talk show for Oxygen.

Despite blog reports stating Winfrey plans to shut down her Chicago-based Harpo facility and move to Los Angeles, Salata and Logan will remain based in the Windy City. Winfrey also made it clear Harpo is not abandoning Chicago.

"Harpo Productions is a world-class production company in Chicago and will continue on after ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ sunsets,” Winfrey said. “Under Sheri and Erik’s leadership, I am confident in Harpo’s future and know that we will continue to create quality programming with compelling content for all platforms. Not even the sky is the limit for this company.”

Salata is currently executive producer of "Oprah" and will continue in that role until the show ends. Logan is executive VP of Harpo.

In addition to "Oprah," Harpo has developed or produced "Dr. Oz," "Dr. Phil" and "Rachael Ray" for daytime and "Oprah’s The Big Give" in primetime.