Robert Weiss


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 […]

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 […]