Oprah.com Videos

Elizabeth G Fagan was a full-time employee of Oprah.com, Oprah Winfrey’s official website. She was promoted to manager of web development and worked for Ms. Winfrey for a total of five years.


Ms. Winfrey’s show producers wanted to expand the use of video on Oprah.com. Video players had been coded as pop-ups in default Windows Media and Real player skins. The producers wanted embedded videos with custom skins.


The Web design team needed to develop the players, which also needed to detect browsers and connection speeds. The team was stretched thin with a very heavy workload.


Fagan architected and developed two sets of embedded Windows Media and Real players—one for The Oprah Winfrey Show (TOWS), one for Oprah After the Show (OATS). The players enabled content that went beyond even Ms. Winfrey’s expectations.