US arts network Ovation buys Frankie Drake Mysteries

Kew Media Distribution has sold CBC drama Frankie Drake Mysteries into US arts network Ovation. Ovation has signed on for two series (21 x 60 minutes) of the Canadian drama, which is set in 1920s Toronto and follows the city’s only female private detectives. The show is an original for the Canadian public broadcaster. It […]

Ovation readies for OTT growth with senior promotions

Ovation has promoted several key executives in advance of the expansion of its OTT services and new programming initiatives. The move comes at a pivotal time in the network’s evolution, as it builds on its linear channel’s success with premium arts-focused drama series like the upcoming season three premiere of Versailles, as well as continued […]

Ovation on a Journy with new OTT service

Arts-focused US channel Ovation has launched a cultural travel-themed OTT service, Journy. The VOD net launches on Roku devices and Xumo connected TVs in the US, and has secured a number of acquisitions for debut. These include Jared Leto’s US national parks doc Great Wide Open, Reckognition Productions’ Droned, Australian muralist show The Wanderers and […]

Ovation buys The Halcyon, X Company

US cable net Ovation has bought two Sony-distributed period dramas: The Halcyon and X Company. Arts-skewed channel Ovation will launch both series in the US. The Halcyon is set in a London hotel during World War II and is produced by Sony-backed Left Bank and aired on ITV in the UK. X Company is produced […]

Versailles scoops French export award

Versailles has won the drama award at the TV France International 2017 Export Awards. Industry group TVFI annually awards the best-performing French-originated TV exports with this year’s winners crowned at producers’ association Procirep’s award ceremony for the French Producer of the Year in Paris last night. Banijay Rights and Versailles beat 100% Distribution with Spin […]

Ovation buys Spurlock, Lily Cole docs

US arts and culture net Ovation has acquired a Morgan Spurlock doc series and another in which iconic British model Lily Cole navigates the contemporary arts scene. The deals hands Ovation, which is in about 51 million homes in the US, Spurlock series A Day in the Life, in which the filmmaker takes an exclusive […]

Ovation appoints distribution boss

US arts and culture cable net Ovation has recruited John Malkin as its distribution chief. As executive VP of content distribution, Malkin will report to Ovation CEO Charles Segars and will oversee channel and content distribution efforts. He replaces Brad Samuels, who recently left Ovation for Bloomberg TV. Ovation’s senior VP of content distribution and […]

Ovation buys Will.i.am doc from Endemol Shine

Arts and culture net Ovation has bought On the Road with Will.i.am, a behind the scenes concert doc from Endemol Shine International. The Update Productions-produced one-off follows the eponymous star as he kicks of his first ever world tour. Also from ESI, US cable net Ovation has picked up Reinventing the Royals, a two-part doc […]

News brief: Ovation promotes for acquisitions chief

US arts network has promoted Lori Hall to a post that adds programme acquisitions to her remit, as the network increasingly seeks international content. Formerly VP, programme scheduling, Hall will now be VP, programming planning, scheduling and acquisitions. She will continue to report to Ovation to Scott Woodward, executive VP, programming and productions. “The network […]

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