Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

Ovation cuts Smash-ing off-net NBC deal

US cable network Ovation has acquired off-network rights to US scripted show Smash. The musical drama about a the creation of a fictional Broadway musical ran on the NBC broadcast network for two seasons, ending in May this year. It is produced by Universal Television and DreamWorks Television and was based on an idea from […]

Ovation poaches Eqal exec for digital media role

US cable net Ovation has hired Jason Black as its new original programming exec. He has been appointed VP of original programming and head of digital media, a new role at the company, which has undergone rapid change in recent months. Recently-installed chief creative officer Robert Weiss has spearheaded the changes since joining from digital […]

Robert Weiss on the future for Ovation

Robert Weiss was appointed chief creative officer of Ovation TV late last year and the former Eqal, FX, VH1 and Fuse executive has swiftly restructured the arts and culture network. Kris Slava, Marc Johnson and almost 30 staffers have left in total and several new faces have been brought in during Weiss’ short tenure. TBI […]

Ovation restructures programming, marketing teams

US arts-themed cable channel Ovation has appointed new divisional heads for its programming and marketing divisions as part of a restructure. The appointments of Douglas Strasnick as senior VP, head of programming and content strategy; and Evan Minskoff as senior VP, head of marketing and brand strategy come on the back of Robert Weiss’s appointment […]

Ovation adds more British imports

US cable network Ovation has acquired British drama Blackout after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide. This is the latest British import for the broadcaster, which has recently picked up ITV Studios’ Bouquet of Barbed Wire, FremantleMedia’s Laconia and is coproducing TV movie Doors Open with the American arm of the British public broadcaster. Ovation […]

Ovation comes on board TV adaptation of Ian Rankin novel, Doors Open

US cable channel Ovation has become a coproduction partner on Doors Open, the upcoming TV adaptation of the Ian Rankin novel. Ovation will coproduce with BBC Worldwide and Sprout Pictures, the production company owned by Stephen Fry, who will also star in the TV movie. Worldwide will distribute the show, which will debut on ITV1 […]