U.S. arts and culture network Ovation has acquired a range of royal documentaries and ballet titles from UK companies, including the BBC, ITV, DRG, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Electric Sky.
Ovation closed a licensing deal with BBC for seven documentaries, including U.S. premiere rights to Princess Diana: Her Life in Jewels and the docudrama Van Gogh: Painted with Words. Other acquired titles include the mini-series Aristocrats, Diana’s Dresses, How to be a Prince, Royal London and Van Dyck: Undressed.
Meanwhile, from DRG, the network acquired the rights to The Queen’s Sister and Wallis and Edward; from Eagle Rock, it picked up several titles for its annual two-week “American Revolutionaries” programming event.
Performances from artists including Tina Turner, The Doors, The Pretenders, Willie Nelson and The Beach Boys were all acquired from the Eagle Rock catalog – in all, the licensing deal included 19 titles.
Ovation also has an annual programming event called “Battle of the Nutcrackers,” for which it seeks out new and classic filmed renditions of the popular ballet each year.
For the next event, the network acquired U.S. premiere rights for the latest performance of The Nutcracker by the Royal Opera House from Brighton-based distributor Electric Sky.
It also acquired Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker from ITV Global Entertainment, along with U.S. premiere rights to William and Kate: A Modern Royal Romance and U.S. basic cable rights to Bertie and Elizabeth.
“Our programming partners in the UK have been a reliable source for high-quality documentary and non-scripted programming,” said Kris Slava, Ovation’s senior VP of programming. “At MIPCOM we will be setting the stage for our next big push – looking to find more coproduction partners and unearth new scripted product that is in the production pipeline.”