Harpo Studios sold
Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.
Winfrey filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.
“We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago’s West Loop,” Harpo told Crain’s Chicago Business in a statement. “We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN.”
About 200 people work at the 3.5-acre campus, which will sell for about $32 million, Crain’s reported Sunday.
Winfrey first came to Chicago in 1984 to WLS-TV’s morning talk show, “A.M. Chicago.” A month later, the show was No. 1 in the market and renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1985.
Winfrey moved to Harpo Studios in 1990.
‘Peabody’ tops list
After debuting at No. 2 last week, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” took the lead at the box office in its second weekend.
The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.
1. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” $21.2 million.
2. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $19.1 million.
3. “Need for Speed,” $17.8 million.
4. “Non-Stop,” $10.6 million.
5. “The Single Moms Club,” $8.3 million.
6. “The Lego Movie,” $7.7 million.
7. “Son of God,” $5.4 million.
8. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $3.6 million.
9. “Frozen,” $2.1 million.
10. “Veronica Mars,” $2 million.
Show must go on
Rap artist Tyler, the Creator, played a sold-out show in Dallas just hours after being released from jail in connection with a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot.
The Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Saturday. Inciting a riot carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Tyler was released Saturday after securing a $25,000 bond and later played a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Dallas.
Police say the Los Angeles resident, 23, incited a large crowd of fans Thursday at the South by Southwest Music Festival to push their way past venue employees controlling access to a party that was already at full capacity.
Officers who were at the scene said in a warrant that Tyler yelled for fans to push their way inside twice, and that a bartender had to protect a woman from injury in the resulting push.
Police released a video from the concert that shows scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Austin venue.